Another famous Ellen has come out of the closet. On Valentine’s Day 2014, Ellen Page, 26, nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for the 2006 movie Juno, surprised hardly anyone in Hollywood, coming out of the closet, on her own terms. Not on some glossy magazine cover. Rather on stage at a Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas. Ellen Page, all 5′ 1″ of her, made the announcement in a speech delivered at Time to THRIVE, a conference to promote the welfare of Gay and Lesbian youth held at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
Watch the Ellen Page coming out speech below.
“I’m here today because I am gay,” Ellen Page told the audience “And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.” “I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission,” Ellen Page proudly declared.
“I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.” Ellen Page first shared the inner turmoil she’s felt since she was thrust into the Hollywood limelight following the blockbuster success of Juno. “It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing — at least in some sense — an industry that places crushing standards on all of us,” Page said. “Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me.” “You have ideas planted in your head, thoughts you never had before, that tell you how you have to act, how you have to dress and who you have to be. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard,” she admitted.
Page added that reading about herself in the tabloids can be a trying ordeal, and mentioned one article, accompanied by a paparazzi photo of her wearing sweatpants on the way to the gym, that asked, “Why does this petite beauty insist upon dressing like a massive man?” (The answer: “Because I like to be comfortable.”) That kind of gender stereotyping serves “no one,” Page said. She then went on to single out examples of “courage all around us,” naming “football hero Michael Sam,” Orange Is the New Black star Laverne Cox and musicians Tegan and Sara Quin for their contributions to furthering LGBT visibility and pride. She concluded her remarks by wishing the audience a happy Valentine’s Day, sweetly adding, “I love you.” As the lead in David Slade’s Hard Candy (2005), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival,
Ellen Page made it to America (after appearing in Canadian movies and on Canadian TV) and garnered much praise for her performance as a 14-year-old girl who meets a 30-year-old photographer on the Internet and then looks to expose him as pedophile. She followed that up with a role in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), where she played Kitty Pryde. With her breakout role in Jason Reitman’s hit comedy Juno (2007), about an offbeat teenager who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, Ellen Page received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Best Actress nominations, and won the Independent Spirit Award for her performance. She followed up that turn with the lead in Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut, the roller-derby comedy-drama Whip It (2009), Christopher Nolan’s psychological thriller Inception (2010), the independent film Peacock (2010), and the dark comedy Super (2010), opposite Liv Tyler.
Ellen Page costarred alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, and Greta Gerwig in the Woody Allen comedy To Rome with Love (2012), and the thriller The East (2013), a story that revolves around a contract worker tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group, only to find herself falling for its leader. Other than costarring in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, once again as Kitty Pryde, Ellen Page has no major movie roles lined up. She is signed on to play the lesbian lover of Julianne Moore in the independent movie Freeheld, which will arrive in movie theaters in 2015. Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia.