Ellen Page discusses why she came out: ‘I felt guilty for not being myself’


Ellen Page has an excellent cover interview in the new issue of Flare Magazine. First, let’s talk about the shoot – Ellen Page is pretty much the last actress I would expect to do a magazine cover in which she’s showing off a significant amount of skin. But instead of doing it in a cheesecake way, like a Cosmo shoot or something, these photos are so striking and beautiful. I actually love the cover shot. Her stomach is… damn, I wish I was that toned. Anyway, you can read the full Flare piece here, and here are some highlights:

She loves being part of the X-Men franchise: “I was interested in experiencing what that kind of filmmaking meant. The amazing thing about X-Men is that, despite the extremity of the circumstance and the superhero nature of it, the story is deeply human and deeply moving.”

Her character, Kitty Pryde (a.k.a. Shadowcat): “Kitty is rad and tough and strong, especially in this new one—she’s older and her abilities have evolved. She has more of an edge because of what she’s been dealing with. They’re essentially running for their lives in a decimated, post-apocalyptic future.”

Her coming out speech on V-Day: “The more time went by, the more something just happened, an Oh my god—I want to love someone freely and walk down the street and hold my girlfriend’s hand… I was very nervous. I was very nervous, yes. Yes. Very, very nervous. Yes. I was emotional, deeply, deeply emotional.”

Accepting who she is: “You think you’re in a place where you’re all I’m thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don’t feel shame about being gay, but you actually do. You’re just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself.”

Coming out changed the way she dressed for the red carpet: “I felt happy and confident and the difference was huge.”

Girlfriends, past and present: Page is single—but would like her future girlfriend, if she’s reading, to know that she can’t wait to hang out with her. She won’t divulge details about past relationships and doesn’t plan to dish down the road, but, she says, she’ll “always be happy to talk about being gay.” It’s a far cry from just a few months ago, when stressors included not being able to refer to an ex without having to be careful about pronoun use. Speculation surrounding Page’s personal life isn’t likely to die down, though; alleged lady loves have included Clea DuVall and Drew Barrymore.

Being willing to talk about girlfriends: “You hear things like, ‘People shouldn’t know about your life because you’re creating an illusion on-screen.’ But I don’t see other actresses going to great lengths to hide their heterosexuality. That’s an unfair double standard.”

She expected the worst when coming out: “I expected so much more hate. It was just remarkably positive, which is beautiful, because it’s indicative of the change that’s happening.”

[From Flare]

You know what? I love the way she talks about all of it, coming out and how she expected it be worse and how she wants to be able to be in a relationship, out in the open. Ellen is such an inspirational young woman. Oh, and I can’t wait to see her in X-Men: Days of Future Past. I saw a Kitty Pryde-heavy clip a few weeks and I was sort of blown away by all of the stunts plus CGI plus whatever else. I feel like this X-Men movie is going to be incredible.


Photos courtesy of Flare.

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  1. Karen says:

    She’s just lovely.

  2. QQ says:

    CAN MY TUMMY DO THAT?!? *envious long ass sigh* I Love her!, Good for her for being authentic to herself and her needs

  3. blue marie says:

    I love Ellen, she seems so down to earth and she looks lovely in those photos.

  4. Liz says:

    That was a great interview and she looks fabulous in those pictures. I am really looking forward to seeing her in x-men.

  5. Erinn says:

    I love Ellen. And I love to see a fellow Nova Scotian who I can be proud of. Sidney Crosby is aight but I’m not as enamored with him as most people around here seem to be. Ellen is intelligent, and talented, and just seems like a genuinely lovely person.

    I still can’t see her without thinking of her on Trailer Park Boys, though.

    • Amanduh says:

      Fellow Canuck here…Ontarioian to be exact 🙂
      I didn’t know she was on Trailer Park Boys?! Please tell me she was Bubbles’ love interest?! Or Julian’s?! lol

      • Bettonica Beach says:

        Neither! She was Mr. Lahey’s daughter in season one. She’d go to the convenience store to buy pepperoni for Ricki, and Lahey hated her hanging out with the TPBs, of course. She was very young!

      • Amanduh says:

        Aww thanks! I don’t want to picture Mr. Largely having sex let alone a child, but that’s probably a better storyline/character if she was that young! lol
        ps. Hubby was set on naming our cat Steve French. lol…ish.

  6. Kiddo says:

    YAY! Someone looks spectacular in photos with their mouth CLOSED. Take note, starlets.

  7. Barrett says:

    No. Drew Barrymore is mother-of- the-year!

  8. paola says:

    Personally I really don’t care if someone is gay or straight. It’s their life and they should live their sexuality the way they want it. I hate labels. She surely is helping many people trying to accept their nature.. so she really is admirable.

  9. Sarah says:

    Great person with great abs!

  10. TigerCub says:

    I like that she’s not doing the standard open mouthed sex kitten pose while showing off some skin, her expression looks strong and challenging. Ugh, love her.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree. She looks powerful despite the skin exposure, which is pretty dang awesome.

  11. Couiny says:

    I love her, lovely actress and very happy for her. I have a soft spot for her since Juno. Whip it is my favorite film of her, such a cute and underrated little movie. Go, Babe Ruthless !

  12. Dani2 says:

    Fantastic shoot, love her.

  13. lucy2 says:

    I love her speaking honestly about this, I hope it helps many young people who find themselves facing a similar situation find the courage to do the same.

  14. GeeMoney says:

    Glad that she’s able to finally feel free to be who she is.

  15. Sagal says:

    She’s so right about the double standard. Straight actors don’t hide the gender of their partner so why should handlers think it’s okay to tell their clients to hide their homosexuality?

  16. Patricia says:

    I also love what she had to say and her honesty.
    BUT I am so over her face. Enough with the “I can’t show you any emotion, I’m just too cool” face! It seriously reminds me of the way girls acted in Middle School. Soooo bored with life and there’s no reason to crack an expression because we are soooo cool and too apathetic and disinterested for smiling, ever. Ugh. It’s annoying.

    • msw says:

      THats what my face looks like, even if i’m over the moon. Its just my face, but its misread as apathy, snobbery or depression all the time. Its really hard to keep an overactive face on for other people all the time. Imagine trying to look like you are the cat who got the canary all the time. Its exhausting.

      • Patricia says:

        Yeah but if you were doing a photoshoot for a magazine wouldn’t that be just a little bit different than your daily resting face? I get what you are saying about day to day life. But she’s shooting a magazine cover! She doesn’t have to have some Cheshire Cat grin but SOME expression seems necessary.

      • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

        I wonder how Kate and Wills do this – it is almost like the botox is injected to freeze their faces into a permanent smile.

    • maybeiamcrazy says:

      You are right. ‘I am not showing any emotion’ face is almost as stupid as ‘ I am so sexy, i can’t even close my mouth’ face. But as far as i know, actors or modals don’t have a say in photoshoots. They have to pose the way photographer wants them to.

    • Amanda_M87 says:

      I know. She always looks so sad. The girl could stand to smile a little more often.

  17. Jen says:

    Really? X-Men incredible? Everywhere else people are saying it’s going to be an epic mess lol.

    • brigette says:

      Where is everywhere else, Jen? Who is saying this? Really, tell us more because you seem to know everything.

      • Migdalia says:

        No she’s right. A lot of the hardcore comic fans are putting the stamp of doom on this film. They are fed up with the centralizing of Wolverine, fed up with Fox and Singer, the number of mutants that are stacked in this film, and the number of continuity/timeline errors in the Xmen franchise itself.

  18. msw says:

    I love her, and i’m thrilled she is happy with her decision to come out.

  19. minime says:

    Wow she is so stunning in this photo shoot. I think she is my celebrity girl crush 🙂
    She’s such a great actress and this was an interesting and down to earth interview as usual.
    I will probably watch this X-men movie, just because she’s on it.

    • Jen says:

      She’ll only be in it for a few minutes, FYI.

      • minime says:

        oh Jen, now you spoiled my fun, because let’s face it, the other X-men movies totally suck. I like the marvel comics (the original books) so I guess that is always a limitation to like the movie adaptations…So well, I guess I’ll have to reconsider it.

  20. taylor says:

    She is really pretty and that photo shoot is great. She also seems like such a lovely person. I hope everything continues to go well for her!

  21. Memme says:

    She looks great in the pics, especially the cover. I’m happy for her she can finally breathe now.

  22. Lucy says:

    Great interview and the photoshoot is STUNNING!! Go Ellen!!

  23. Loralei says:

    Sure. She waits till it’s totally “in” to come out, then she acts like its this uniquely courageous thing to do. It actually helps your career to come out these days. So brave

    • Jayna says:

      Until you’ve walked in her shoes, you really don’t have a clue.

    • Migdalia says:

      Wow that was ignorant Loralei.

    • aenflex says:

      She didn’t act like it was uniquely courageous. Individually courageous. What kinds of things would you be willing to reveal about yourself to the whole entire world? Hmmm?

  24. serena says:

    She’s so pretty! And I too, can’t wait for the new x-men movie to come out! So excited!

  25. G says:

    Loved her since JUNO. You GO GIRL.

  26. Narak says:

    She is so smart and talented and well spoken. It takes courage to come out – especially if you are in the public eye. I’m glad she felt safe enough, and strong enough to own her life.

  27. bellyache says:

    I love her. One of them souls you somehow feel are beautiful inside and out.