Oscar-nominee Naomie Harris on why Moonlight is a “universal movie about love and acceptance”

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Eight-time Oscar nominated movie Moonlight is the LGBT+ movie you must seen in 2017.

One of its Academy nods went to British actress Naomi Harris for her portrayal of crack addict and mother Paula.

We met the leading actress to discuss why this LGBT+ movie breaks down stereotypes and isn’t just a ‘gay movie’.

Related: Moonlight director “moved beyond words” by Academy Awards nomination

On why Moonlight was a movie she just couldn’t pass up, Naomi told GT: “I read it and just cried my eyes out. There’s just something so profound about the story and it do deeply connected with me.

“It’s about our universal search for love, and about our universal struggle with identity.”

Related: Why Moonlight is one of the year’s most stunning LGBT+ films

Naomi also explained why this movie isn’t just for those within black or LGBT+ communities, but for anyone and everyone. It’s a universal movie about love and acceptance.

She said: “Although people might want to label it a ‘black movie’ or a ‘gay movie’, it’s none of those things. That’s what’s beautiful about it. It strips back all those stereotypes.

“I really don’t know why it’s taken this long, but I know that people are really hungry for these kind of movies. That’s why people are really connecting and being so moved by it, because people have wanted this for so long.”

You can also watch the trailer for Moonlight below.

Moonlight is out now in UK cinemas.

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