Ever since Ellen Page came out as a lesbian in 2014, interviewers have been asking her if she’s worried about being typecast into queer roles — but she says that would actually make her “thrilled.”
Page, who married dancer Emma Portner last year, often plays LGBTQ+ characters. She recently portrayed pansexual novelist in “Tales of the City,” and prior to that, she played anti-death penalty protestor Lucy Moro in “My Days of Mercy.”
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Excited to share that My Days of Mercy is out now! Film is being released in the theaters below, link to trailer in my bio. ALSO available on VOD!!!! Chicago – GQT Randall 16 – Batavia, IL Cleveland – Atlas Diamond Centre Cinemas 16 – Mentor, OH Houston – AMC Studio 30 – Houston, TX Kansas City- AMC – Town Center 20 – Leawood, KS Los Angeles – Laemmle – Monica Film Center – Santa Monica, CA Miami – LeJeune Cinemas VI – Miami, FL Minneapolis – Emagine Lakeville 21 – Lakeville, MN Phoenix – Harkins – Valley Art 1- Phoenix, AZ Seattle – AMC – Classic Gateway 8 – Federal Way, WA New York – City Cinemas – Village East – New York, NY
While speaking on a panel at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, Page was asked whether there’s been an increase in LGBTQ +acceptance in the industry since she started working.
Page replied that, yes, progress has been made, but “there’s just so far to go.” She said that she’s often asked whether she’s “worried about being typecast.”
“You would never ask a heterosexual actress that, as being typecast as straight,” Page pointed out. “Why would I not want to play those roles? Quite frankly, I would be thrilled if it’s every role I ever played again!”
The actress also expressed a struggle similar to the one that Kristen Stewart recently described: she was pressured not to be openly gay.
“I came out when I was 27 years old. Like, what? I wasn’t talking about who I was and being my authentic self because I was an actress in Hollywood,” Page said. “That’s absurd. We need to look at these things as absurd.”
Earlier this year, Ellen Page told Net-a-Porter that “I was distinctly told, by people in the industry, when I started to become known: ‘People cannot know you’re gay.'”
Page made her directorial debut at the Toronto Film Festival with the documentary “There’s Something in the Water.”