'Juno' actress Ellen Page comes out as gay
Ellen Page, the well-known star of "Juno" and the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past" gave an emotional and moving speech at Time to THRIVE, a conference supporting LGBTQ youth.
The actress announced to the Las Vegas audience Friday, "I'm here today because I'm gay. 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."
Page said she felt she had been "lying by omission" by not coming out and revealing her true self. "I suffered for years because I was scared to be out," Page told the audience. She opened up about the pain she felt, starting with her entrance into the limelight after 2007's 'Juno' became a hit.
As soon as the news broke, many fans Tweeted in support of the 26-year-old star.
Ellen Page is tired of lying by omission. If you're gay, speak out. Be happy. We love you. http://t.co/zuQvNfIjuk- Danny O'Dwyer (@dannyodwyer) February 15, 2014
I'm one of a million who'll say it, but I'm very touched by Ellen Page's speech. What a way to do it. http://t.co/3SoF5czoAO- Jesse Thorn (@JesseThorn) February 15, 2014
According to The Wrap, Ellen Page appeared in a 'SNL' skit in 2008 that made many speculate whether or not the actress was a lesbian. The sketch shows Page returning home from a Melissa Etheridge, overwhelmed by the experience.
Page was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 'Juno' and has appeared in many more films since.
PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 02: (L-R) Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe attend the 'Beyond: Two Souls' Paris Premiere at the Grand Rex on October 2, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kristy Sparow/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09: Ellen Page is seen leaving a private gym with her trainer on December 09, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 30: Actress Ellen Page attends a Film Independent At LACMA special screening of 'The East' at Bing Theatre At LACMA on May 30, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 28: Ellen Page at 'The East' Press Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel on May 28, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
MANHATTAN NY - MAY 23: Ellen Page sighting at Soho Hotel on May 23, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Josiah Kamau/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Ellen Page attends SONY and Quantic Dream Present Beyond: Two Souls at the Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theater on April 27, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Donald Bowers/Getty Images for Sony)
Ellen Page (Photo by Jeff Vespa Archive/WireImage)
Ellen Page (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
Ellen Page during 'Hard Candy' Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet and After Party at Directors Guild in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage)