Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Ellen Page discusses coming out

182973671.jpg

Hollywood star Ellen Page has discussed the impact coming out has had on her life, after the speech she made on Valentine's day this year at the Human Rights Campaign's Time To Thrive conference.

In an interview with Flare magazine, she says that although she told her parents she was gay when she was 19, it was still a while before she could feel comfortable with herself.

“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.”

The Juno star also revealed the double standards in Hollywood, that prevented her from revealing her sexuality.

"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.”

After she made her speech on Valentine's day, in which she said that she was tired of lying "by omission", she received a lot of positive feedback.

However, the following day, a pastor who approached her as she was boarding a flight to Vegas offered her a note that read: "While God thinks it’s lovely that you stood up for your beliefs, perhaps you’ve never had the loving arms of a father."

That said, the video became a viral sensation, with millions of people watching it around the world (it currently stands at over 4 million views), as well as numerous celebrities and members of the public tweeting the star their support.

And overall she's had a positive experience: “I expected so much more hate. It was just remarkably positive, which is beautiful, because it’s indicative of the change that’s happening.”

You can read the full interview here.

(Image: Getty)

Related

rexfeatures-3722198o.jpg

The stars wear Kate Moss for Topshop at exclusive launch dinner

daniel-craig.jpg

New anti-rape campaign by Hollywood stars

hero-use.jpg

Prince Harry splits from girlfriend Cressida Bonas

rexfeatures-3541444b.jpg

Amanda Knox 'caused fatal wound' to Meredith Kercher, says Italian court

rexfeatures-223966e.jpg

Untried cocktail of drugs linked to second botched execution in the US

article-2616539-1d776a9900000578-988-634x398.jpg

Angelina and Brad chase daughter Vivienne around set of Maleficent

Comments

More

Homeless man who helped injured in Manchester attack offered rent

“He’s helped a lot of people, if I can help him, that’s really it.”

by Amy Swales
25 May 2017

Bataclan survivor offers words of hope to Manchester attack witnesses

“I want to tell you something that may seem hard to believe right now: it gets better.”

by Amy Swales
25 May 2017

The best A-list Instagrams from the week so far

From antics in Cannes to Reese Witherspoon's mother-son selfie

by Nicola Colyer
25 May 2017

Diane Kruger says she’s “never been paid as much as a male co-star”

She's been working in Hollywood for 16 years. Just let that sink in.

by Moya Crockett
25 May 2017

Elizabeth Banks is directing a Charlie’s Angels reboot

And it’s finally got an official release date

by Moya Crockett
25 May 2017

Millennials, Helen Mirren has shared her top 5 rules for a happy life

And they're seriously badass

by Kayleigh Dray
24 May 2017

Melania Trump once again refuses to hold her husband's hand on camera

President Donald Trump has tried to grab his wife’s hand twice on camera – and been expertly swatted away each time

by Kayleigh Dray
24 May 2017

People share messages of defiance after Manchester terror attack

“Don't be afraid. Dance until you're dizzy”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
23 May 2017

The Royal Family thank people of Manchester following terror attack

“I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded”

by Amy Swales
23 May 2017

Theresa May responds to Manchester terror attack

“Britain's spirit will never be broken”

by Sarah Biddlecombe
23 May 2017