Ellen Page has firmly established herself as one of the most talented young actresses in Hollywood today. In 2008, Ellen received a Best Actress nomination from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her breakout role in “Juno.” She also was nominated for a BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award in addition to winning an Independent Spirit Award for her role in “Juno.”
Ellen will next be seen in “Super” opposite Rainn Wilson, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon. She plays Wilson’s sidekick in a world of superheroes. The film is directed by James Gunn. Ellen is also co-writing a pilot for HBO called “Stitch N’ Bitch” along with Alia Shawkat and Sean Tillman about two hipster girls who move from Brooklyn to L.A.’s Silver Lake area in search of artistic fulfillment.
Last summer, she appeared in the highly-anticipated film “Inception” for director Christopher Nolan. She co-stars alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ken Watanabe, and Cillian Murphy.
In 2009, Ellen starred in Drew Barrymore’s directorial debut “Whip It.” The film centers around an indie-rock loving misfit (Page) who finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after discovering a roller derby league in nearby Austin. Barrymore also stars with Marcia Gay Harden, Kristin Wiig, Alia Shawkat, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Luke Wilson, Eve and Landon Pigg.
Ellen stole audience’s hearts everywhere with her breakout role in the 2007 comedy Jason Reitman’s “Juno,” written by Diablo Cody. The film centered on an offbeat teenager (Page) who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant and makes a surprising decision regarding her unborn child. The film also stars Olivia Thirlby, Jason Bateman, Jennifer Garner, J.K. Simmons, Michael Cera and Allison Janney. Cody won the Academy Award for Best Screenplay for the film.
As the lead in Lionsgate’s 2005 independent feature, “Hard Candy,” directed by David Slade, Ellen won great praise for her tour de force performance as a fourteen year old girl who meets a thirty year old photographer on the Internet and then looks to expose him as pedophile. The film costarring Patrick Wilson and Sandra Oh premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
Additional credits include the blockbusters “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which grossed more than $230 million dollars worldwide; Bruce McDonald’s “The Tracey Fragments”, “An American Crime,” opposite Catherine Keener, written and directed by Tommy O’Haver; the Canadian ensemble piece, “The Stone Angel” featuring Ellen Burstyn and directed by Kari Skogland; Alison Murray’s “Mouth to Mouth;” Daniel MacIvor’s ensemble piece “Wilby Wonderful” and “Smart People,” opposite Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church.
A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Ellen has long been a fixture in Canadian television and cinema. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television movie “Pit Pony” and received a Gemini nomination for Best Performance in a Children’s Program and a Young Artist Awards nomination for Best Performance in a TV Drama Series. Two films later, Page appeared as “Joanie” in “Marion Bridge,” winner of the “Best Canadian First Feature” at the Toronto International Film Festival. The part won Page an ACTRA Maritimes Award for Outstanding Female Performance. She also appeared in the cult hit TV series “Trailer Park Boys.” Page won a Gemini award for her role of “Lilith” in the first season of “ReGenesis,” a one-hour drama for TMN/Movie Central. She also starred in “Mrs. Ashboro’s Cat,” a cable feature for The Movie Network for which she also won a Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series.
Special Guest Ellen Page made the brave announcement she is gay while speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s THRIVE conference, an event supporting LGBTQ youth. Page spoke of the pressures of a life in the spotlight, and the toll that celebrity can take on one’s life. So far, Page has been flooded by messages of support for her decision to live an open and authentic life. Human Rights Campaign Blog
The 26-year-old actress told the crowd “I’m here today because I am gay,” adding “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.”
Photo Credit: Jeff Bottari/AP Images for Human Rights Campaign
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