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01/16/2014 02:57 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Philomena Lee On Her Gay Son Anthony, Judi Dench In 'Philomena'

The woman whose story inspired "Philomena," the new film which just landed actress Judi Dench an Oscar nod, is speaking out about the experience.

In an exclusive chat with UInterview, Philomena Lee said it came as no surprise to her that Anthony was a closeted gay man.

"I knew I was gay ... working as a psychiatric nurse for 30 years, I worked with a lot of gay young men," she said. "I had no issues about him being gay at all. The only sad part being that he had died."

As for the gay film fans that have embraced Lee's story because of the movie, she added, "I was ... really, really happy about that. Being that Anthony was gay ... and I hoped [it] has helped the gay community."

And what did she think about Dench's portrayal? "She portrayed me so well," Lee noted. "She did a wonderful job, she really did."

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