An acclaimed actress who has been nominated in the past for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Award has said she is a lesbian.
"In a speech at the Time to Thrive conference Friday [Feb. 14, 2014], actress Ellen Page came out as gay," reports Variety.
“ ‘I’m here today because I am gay,’ she told the audience of LGBT youth at the Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas," the story says.
The story adds that Page "told the audience she felt a personal obligation and a social responsibility to be honest. ‘Maybe I can help others to have an easier time. I am tired of hiding,’ she said."
According to the website Just Jared, Page also said, “It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing — at least in some sense — an industry that places crushing standards on all of us. Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me.”
The Just Jared story says Page, 26, then added, “You have ideas planted in your head, thoughts you never had before, that tell you how you have to act, how you have to dress and who you have to be. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard.”
Page was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award for playing the title role in the 2007 hit "Juno." She also has had major parts in "Inception" and a number of other movies.