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Jamie Lee Curtis to star in film about "Free Hugs Mom"

Jamie Lee Curtis to portray "Free Hugs" mom.
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Jamie Lee Curtis may have only presented a Golden Globe this year, but that might change once her upcoming film about Sara Cunningham, the founder of the "Free Mom Hugs" movement is finally made. 

It was last September when Curtis, on the heels of her successful "Halloween" premiere, visited Cunningham who the star called a "leader, social activist, mother, mama bear, general baddass and spectacular human."

Cunningham got notoriety last summer when she posted on social media that she would stand in as a mother at your wedding if your own rejected you because you're gay. 

"If you need a mom to attend your same sex wedding because your biological mom won't, call me. I'm there," she wrote on social media. 

Curtis was inspired by Cunningham's 2014 memoir How We Sleep at Night and bought the rights to it. The story follows her personal account of accepting her son's coming out.

“I was moved by her journey,” Curtis told the Washington Post. “And I continue to be thrilled as her movement is catching on.”

“I hope to do justice to her story and the story of so many marginalized people in the LGBTQ community.”

Curtis adds: “I saw the impact that her movement has already had, in and around Oklahoma City. It’s exciting to watch something that was born out of such conflict develop into something of such deep compassion and expansive acceptance.”

But Cunningham wasn't always so accepting. Her son came out in 2011 and that began a process for her as a religious woman. 

“I thought it might just be a phase,” she said. “And then when he turned 21, he ‘came out’ to me and said that he’d met someone and needed me to be okay with it.”

This was a lot to bear and she tried the best way she knew how to deal with it. “I prayed, I fasted, I burned incense and shamed my son into burning his journals,” she wrote.

Her son Parker says both he and his mother were struggling as people of faith in a church that was non-affirming. But in 2014 Cunningham attended her first Pride celebration and had an epiphany. 

“It was my first encounter with the LGBTQ community, and it was as beautiful as it could be,” she said. “I realized that I’d been alienated for years by own ignorance and fear.”

Then in 2015 she returned and started offering people “Free Mom Hugs.”

“Whenever I made eye contact with anybody, I’d offer to give them a hug or a high five,” she said. “I went home covered with glitter.”

Her son says his mother presence at Pride gives them hope, “It’s just showing up and reminding people that they are loved unconditionally.”

There is still no word on when the movie will go into production or be released.