“For so long I just sort of thought, ‘You just can’t. I love being an actor, it’s a huge part of my life, so I’m going to keep that private.’ And, ‘Oh, I have to keep it private because my job is about creating an illusion’ and kind of all those bullshit excuses. Because I don’t see heterosexual actresses going to great lengths to hide their heterosexuality.”
Ellen Page is totally fierce on the cover of this week’s Hollywood Reporter. In her interview, she makes an awesome point about the double standard that LGBT actors face in their industry. Page shared that she’d been considering coming out as a lesbian for years. Since opening up publicly in February, she said, it’s been a huge weight off her shoulders. We bet! [The Hollywood Reporter] [Photos via The Hollywood Reporter]
“I knew I would be a happier person … I did not anticipate just how happy I would feel in every aspect of my life. Just an ease and a comfort. And it’s really been quite extraordinary to feel just the shift. It was pretty much overnight, too,” Ellen Page said about coming out in February.
In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres that’s set to air on her show later this month, Page said, “It’s so nice to have people come up to me and tell me their story or, you know, say, ‘Hey, I’m closeted. Can you give me advice?’ Those are really beautiful moments to get to share with people.”
It wasn’t until after her announcement that Page realized just how much tension and exhaustion she’d been feeling while keeping her sexuality a secret. Even DeGeneres tells her how much more relaxed she seems. Watching the two Ellens talk about their shared experience of coming out in the midst of a high-profile career is about as warm and fuzzy as it gets. Excuse me while I tear up at my desk! [People]
Last night, actress Ellen Page, best known for her roles in “Juno” and “Inception,” came out as a gay woman in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive Conference in Las Vegas. In the beautiful eight-minute-long speech above, Page told the crowd that she is “tired of lying by omission” and says she’s coming out now because of the “social responsibility” she has to stand up for others. The entire speech is incredibly moving and I highly recommend taking the time to watch it.
I don’t even understand what is going on here, maybe because I’m not a creepy creep who regularly watches pixelated Canadian actresses showering. But here we are! According to the gamer blog Kotaku, this is Ellen Page as a character named “Jodie,” in the vide game “Beyond: Two Souls,” taking a shower. Yes, you can watch her take her clothes off, rinse off under the water, then dry herself with a towel — just like a real woman. Very voyeuristic! It’s from something called “a debug PS3,” whatever that means. Anyway, without further ado … yeah, this is weird. [Kotaku]
“I think we are in a very scary time right now. The rhetoric from the right-wing is terrifying to me. I think feminist porn is crucial. To only have porn from the male perspective is damaging. Women are sexual creatures, as much as men and that needs to be embraced.”
– My imaginary girlfriend Ellen Page gave a big up to feminist porn in her AMA yesterday on Reddit. She was asked the question by porn director/actress Courtney Trouble, who in several follow up comments described feminist porn as “largely understood NOT as ‘porn FOR women’ or even ‘porn BY women’ – but just PORN, made with gender equality in mind and/OR made with actual feminist politics.” Trouble also recommended feminist pornographers like Tristan Taormino, Candida Royalle, or her own project, Lesbian Curves. You know, in case you need some fresh bills for your spank bank. [Herald Sun via Reddit]
“[Ellen Page and I] created a pretty stupid hipster versions of ourselves [on her HBO show "Stitch 'n Bitch" with Ellen]. … We both want to become artists of any type or form. She’s the more earthy bitter one, like, We’ve got to save the world — that kind of hipster. I’m more of the, like, ‘I express myself through fashion and art, but I can’t really do anything type,’ and I just spend all my money. … I’m not going to pretend I’m not a hipster. What’s so funny about it is it has a bad connotation. Hipsters think it’s stupid to be called a hipster, but that’s what you are, and that’s what your friends are. That’s not bad, but that’s the whole point: We all want to be so different from everybody else. But I remember one of the lines when we were in Amsterdam, there was this homeless boy on the street, and he was pretty young, and Ellen was like, ‘Oh my god is that boy okay?’ And I was like, ‘Oh, he’s fine, he’s dressed okay.’ My character’s name is Kyla, and we ended up using that as something she says. Like there’s a homeless guy, but she’s like, “Well, he’s dressed okay,” so we kind of just pull from ourselves, but put it in extreme situations.”
— “Arrested Development”‘s Alia Shawkat can make fun of herself, which makes her 100 times more relatable than, like, any other star in Hollywood right now. How badly do you want Alia and Ellen to be your best friends? [Oh No They Didn't] Keep reading »
Everyone who’s seen “Inception” seems to agree that the flick is both trippy and mind-bending. And depending on whom you talk to, the whole thing either did or didn’t make sense. But writer Adam Vary over at Entertainment Weekly wondered how the movie affected the dreams of the people who made it. After the jump, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen Page, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt let you into their REM sleep. [EW] Keep reading »