One of our favourite out ladies of 2015, Ellen Page is the cover of American Way magazine, and opens up about her film Freeheld and her decision to come out.
Ahe told the magazine
I was just done. It’s so toxic to just be hiding; it becomes so consuming without you even knowing it’s consuming you. You become so complacent in this reality you create. It’s like a bucket, and it’s filling up and filling up and filling up — and finally it just spills over. And I felt guilty for not being out for the LGBT community.”
Since grabbing headlines by announcing she was gay on Valentine’s Day 2014 – on the podium at the inaugural Time to Thrive gay rights conference – the 28-year-old Canadian actor-producer who hit the mainstream with her starring turn in 2007’s Juno (and has since joined the X-Men franchise as Kitty Pryde) has become a cult hero of sorts.
I wanted to do it and not make it seem about myself. And I wanted to align particularly with something LGBT-youth-oriented. For me, it was a great opportunity to be honest, to share certain elements of the pain that I went through. Hopefully, that can connect with someone else. The reality is, there are very few young people out as actors, so I was hoping to speak to a lot of the issues so it wouldn’t just seem like, ‘Hey, look, I’m gay.’ ”
Page’s next project will be playing the lead in Tallulah – a movie about a woman who passes off another’s child as her own.