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Ellen Page: 'Being out is more important than landing a film role'

Published 31/01/2016

Ellen Page
Ellen Page

Ellen Page hopes the day will come when it's not even an issue whether an actress is gay or straight.

Actress Ellen Page has no regrets about coming out as gay, even though it has changed the types of roles she gets offered.

The Juno star revealed she was a lesbian on Valentine's Day in 2014 at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference, but admits her announcement has had an impact on her career.

"I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t something I feared, and that’s the big reason so many people haven’t come out," she explained to British newspaper The Guardian. "For me, being out within my life became far more important than being in any movie. (But) I think my gayness was already playing its role in regards to my career. I’m not naive to that element of the business. I hope it changes.”

The 28-year-old is doing her best to help things progress for the LGBT community in a positive way now she it openly gay, and she admits it was one of the main reasons she decided to speak out about her sexuality in the first place.

"I felt, let’s just please be done with this chapter of discomfort and sadness and anxiety, and hurting my relationships, and all those things that come with it,” she continued. “I felt guilty for not being a visible person for the community, and for having the privilege that I had and not using it. I had got to the point where I was telling myself, you know, you should feel guilty about this.

"I was an active participant in an element of Hollywood that is gross. I would never judge somebody else for not coming out, but for me, personally, it did start to feel like a moral imperative.”

Ellen, who is now happily dating artist Samantha Thomas, hopes that one day, it won't even matter what an actress' sexuality is.

"It’ll be amazing, the day when it’s not a thing, when an actress doesn’t feel like she needs to make a speech," she added. "That’s obviously the goal.”

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