Ellen Page Biography
Ellen Page is a Canadian actress who began her career with roles in Canadian television shows including Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, and ReGenesis. Page starred in the 2005 drama Hard Candy, for which she won the Austin Film Critics Association’s Award for Best Actress.
Her breakthrough role was the title character in Jason Reitman’s comedy film Juno (2007), for which she received nominations for Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress, and won awards including the Independent Spirit Award, MTV Movie Award and Teen Choice Award for Best Actress Comedy.
Page portrayed Kitty Pryde in the X-Men series of films. She has also appeared in the crime-drama film An American Crime (2007); the drama The Tracey Fragments (2007), a role that won her the Vancouver Film Critics Award for Best Actress; the sports-comedy-drama film Whip It (2009); Super (2010); and Inception (2010). She also provided the voice acting, motion capture, and likeness for the character Jodie Holmes in the video game Beyond: Two Souls (2013).
Ellen Page Age, Height & Weight
Page was born as Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page on February 21, 1987. She is currently 31 years old with a height of 5’1″ (155 cm) and weighs 106 lbs (49 kg).
Ellen Page Coming out
The Juno star made the announcement in Las Vegas at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference benefiting LGBT youth. She made the announcement in a moving and deeply personal speech delivered before several hundred attendees at the conference.
“I’m here today because I am gay,” Page who was 26 years old then told the audience, “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.
“I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission,” Page proudly and defiantly declared. “I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain.”
Ellen Page Girlfriend/Wife
Ellen went public with her romance with Emma Portner in July 2017 when they were spotted kissing outside a branch of Cafe Gratitude in Los Angeles. Their relationship came just a few months after the actress split from her ex-girlfriend, artist Samantha Thomas, after 18 months of dating.
The two lovebirds revealed the news in a series of Instagram posts which showed the couple kissing and showing off their matching wedding bands.
Ellen Page Juno
Initial release: 4 December 2007 (Westwood)
Director: Jason Reitman
Featured song: Anyone Else but You
Screenplay: Diablo Cody
Producers: John Malkovich, Lianne Halfon, Mason Novick, Russell Smith
Ellen Page Trailer park boys
Nova Scotia’s trailer parks are colorful thanks to residents Ricky, Bubbles and Julian. Together, they plan mad capers, usually get-rich-quick schemes, with plenty of screw-ups along the way. They’re constantly being hunted by their former trailer park supervisor, Jim Lahey, and his perpetually shirtless, pot-belled assistant, Randy. There are a host of other quirky characters that make up this zany locale of below-income characters in this Canadian mockumentary series that has spawned two feature films.
First episode date: 22 April 2001
Theme song: Trailer Park Boys Theme song
Program creator: Mike Clattenburg
Writers: Mike Smith, Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay, Jonathan Torrens, Mike Clattenburg, Barrie Dunn, Jackie Torrens
Ellen Page Filmography
- 2002 The Wet Season
- 2002 Marion Bridge
- 2003 Touch & Go
- 2003 Love That Boy
- 2004 Wilby Wonderful
- 2005 Hard Candy
- 2005 Mouth to Mouth
- 2006 X-Men: The Last Stand
- 2007 An American Crime
- 2007 Juno
- 2007 The Tracey Fragments
- 2007 The Stone Angel
- 2008 Smart People
- 2009 Vanishing of the Bees
- 2009 Whip It
- 2010 Peacock
- 2010 Inception
- 2010 Super
- 2012 To Rome with Love
- 2013 The East
- 2013 Touchy Feely
- 2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past
- 2014 Tiny Detectives
- 2015 Into the Forest
- 2015 Freeheld
- 2016 Tallulah
- 2016 Window Horses
- 2016 My Life as a Zucchini
- 2017 My Days of Mercy
- 2017 The Cured
- 2017 Flatliners
- 2019 Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphins
- 1997 Pit Pony
- 1999–2000 Pit Pony
- 2002 Trailer Park Boys
- 2002 Rideau Hall
- 2003 Homeless to Harvard
- 2003 Going for Broke
- 2003 Ghost Cat a.k.a. Mrs. Ashboro’s Cat or The Cat That Came Back
- 2004 I Downloaded a Ghost
- 2004 ReGenesis
- 2008 Saturday Night Live
- 2009 The Simpsons
- 2011 Glenn Martin, DDS
- 2011 Tilda
- 2012 Family Guy
- 2013 Out There
- 2016–present Gaycation
- 2018 The Umbrella Academy
- 2019 Tales of the City
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Ellen Page Awards
- ACTRA Maritimes Awards for Outstanding Female Performance in Marion Bridge (2002)
- Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards for Best Breakthrough Performance in Juno (2007)
- Alliance of Women Film Journalists Awards for Best Ensemble Cast in Juno (2007)
- At the Atlantic Film Festival she won for the Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female in Wilby Wonderful (2004)
- Atlantic Film Festival for Best Actress in The Tracey Fragments (2007)
- Austin Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress in Hard Candy (2005)
- Austin Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress in Jun (2007)
- Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress in Juno (2007)
- Detroit Film Critics Society Awards for Best Actress and Best Cast in Juno (2007)
- Florida Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Actress and Pauline Kael Breakout Award for the film Juno (2007)
- Gemini Awards for Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series in the film Ghost Cat a.k.a. Mrs. Ashboro’s Cat or The Cat That Came Back
- Gemini Awards for Best Supporting Actress in ReGenesis (2004)
- Independent Spirit Awards for Best Lead Female in Juno (2007)
- MTV Movie Awards for Best Female Performance in Juno (2007)
- MTV Movie Awards for Best Frightened Performance in the film Inception (2010)
Ellen Page Interview
The Cured, zombies, producing and more
Updated: May 9, 2018
We’re talking about The Cured today. Zombie films have been really well mined in the last 15 years or so. What made you give this one a chance?
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Well, first and foremost I just really loved David’s script. So that’s where I was coming from. Then, in terms of it being part of the genre, I did think it was just such an interesting new take, to be shooting a film where in some scenes you’re running from zombies and in the next you feel like you’re shooting a small family drama. I just thought it so interesting tonally and a new twist on the genre.
But mostly I just really liked David’s script and his short films. I was excited to be a part of it.
The film is really rich in subtext. There’s a lot going on beneath the surface drama. Did that all come across in the script?
I think what’s so interesting about it is everyone who, well not everyone, but there’s just so many varying perspectives of what it means to people or how they see it or what it represents for them. So I think it encompassed so many things. Mostly I’m focused on my character and finding my way into her in the story. But yes, of course that’s an element of it.
So when you’re playing the scenes, you’re not so much thinking about the overall theming as you are the character, and who and what’s around her?
Sure, yeah. Just from a direct actor’s perspective. Not that you’re not mindful of those other things, but first and foremost it’s about navigating how one feels is the true emotional response to the scene, I suppose.
One of the scenes that stands out is, I guess I’ll call it the revelation scene for the sake of spoilers. It’s a really heavy scene and your performance is fantastic in it. Does a scene like that take a toll on you? Is that a heavy day?
I mean, I think… sure. When you’ve done that scene you’re definitely exhausted emotionally, I’d say. You know at the same time, when you’re doing scenes like that and you’re working with someone that’s as extremely talented as Sam (Keeley), who’s such a wonderful actor to work with, there’s also something enjoyable in it. A challenge, on some level.
Sorry, that’s probably not a great answer. It’s hard to know how to describe.
Overall, it’s quite a sombre film. Does that translate to the set? I know it doesn’t always work that way on films.
No, it was such a delightful set-up. Working in Dublin was so lovely. David was just so amazing, especially considering it was his first feature, and with a lower budget. Quite a low budget and then so many big, big scenes, lots of backgrounds, military vehicles, just so much to take on in that short of a shoot. He was just so amazing and his energy was so positive and it was just the loveliest crew. So that made it really enjoyable to go to work every day.
I wanted to ask you about working with David as a first time director, actually. You’ve worked with some big name directors like Jason Reitman and Christopher Nolan, but you’ve really consistently worked with first time feature directors as well. Is there no trepidation that you might be getting into something that’s not so well controlled or assured?
No, I feel like if I respond to a script or a character or someone’s short films or what have you, I just get excited about the project. I’m not really, those aren’t really the thoughts I have. I just was such a fan of David’s work and also him as a person. And he really just blew me away with what he was able to do in that amount of time. It was such an ambitious movie.
On a small film like this, and I’m saying this as an outsider, it feels like there’s a balance of resources to freedom, where maybe by having a lower budget you have the freedom to do stuff you wouldn’t be able to do on a smaller studio picture. Is that the case and do you feel like the balance was right on this film?
I’d say that’s a fairly accurate. I mean, it can depend on the film, of course, no matter what size, in terms of ultimate creative freedom. But, this just felt like the most wonderful supportive environment in terms of helping David make the film he wanted to make. Again, all these people working so hard, it was just such a fantastic crew and group of producers. It did feel great in terms of what David wanted to do creatively.
You’re a producer on The Cured, and you have been on a few other films recently. What’s prompted you to take that step?
Well, I guess it sort of started relatively naturally, in terms of being fortunate enough to be in a position where I can do it. Also, to tell stories I’d like to tell. Or, for example, I produced a movie with Kate Mara that we star in together. We’re good friends, we wanted to work together, you don’t find that many scripts with two female leads, et cetera, et cetera. It’s a matter of that.
Of course, I made this show with Vice called Gaycation, and these other things that have come up with producing as well.
And when you’re producing a film like this, is there a greater feeling of investment or responsibility on your day-to-day on the set?
I feel like, in terms of producing, when I’m there as an actor I feel that’s definitely where more of the focus is. Not that I’m not being mindful of the other side of it. I think it’s just a part of what you’re taking on for that work, and so you work it out, you know?
Does producing give you a little bit more control, perhaps? Because films can change between when you sign on to what finally happens. Is it important to you to have a hand on the wheel?
Yeah. I mean, I like it because I sincerely enjoy it and I like learning about it, and I’ve been lucky to be working with wonderful people who I’ve learned a lot from. I like being involved, whether it’s the development of the project or in the edit, or so on and so forth. It’s just an enjoyable experience, and I hope to do it more or direct. It just feels like a good opportunity to learn about every aspect of what it means to make one these things, you know?
Was it fun to swagger around with an axe?
Honestly it was. I really enjoy the genre. I love 28 Days Later, I love a lot of post-apocalyptic movies of varying kinds. And so yeah, just running away from zombies, falling out of windows, all that stuff, I like. I turn into such a little kid with stunt stuff. I sincerely enjoy projects that have some kind of a physical element to them.
And it was always an axe? There were no email exchanges about you wanting a chainsaw or…?
No, no, no. I just did as I was told.
So, I know different actors have different approaches on this. Are you someone who can watch your own films back?
Yeah, I can. I’m such a small part of the equation, I really like watching the whole thing come together. I mean, there’s probably a couple I’ve never watched (laughs), for various reasons. But no, for the most part I’m just ‘Oh, there’s that’ and do my best to just focus on the experience of making something. Because you never have any idea of how things are going to turn out or do or all that stuff, so I just try to enjoy the making of it.
Have you rewatched Juno in the last while and how do you feel about it now?
I haven’t… oh yeah, actually I did. We did a live reading for the tenth anniversary in LA with an all-female cast. It was like, Kristen Wiig was Jason Bateman, Alia Shawkat was Michael (Cera). It was an awesome group. And so I rewatched it and then did the live read. It was a really special night, to be honest.
So yeah, I feel fondly about it. It felt fun.
Ellen Page, thank you very much!