Ellen Page discusses her sexuality in a candid new interview with Porter Edit.
The 32-year-old, who is married to 24-year-old dancer and choreographer Emma Portner, explains how she was previously told by Hollywood bosses to keep the fact that she’s gay under wraps.
Page tells the publication: “I was distinctly told, by people in the industry, when I started to become known: ‘People cannot know you’re gay.’
“And I was pressured – forced, in many cases – to always wear dresses and heels for events and photoshoots.
“As if lesbians don’t wear dresses and heels. But I will never let anyone put me in anything I feel uncomfortable in ever again.”
The Canadian actress doesn’t think it’s okay to out someone else.
She says of her own experience, “I was 20, I had just fallen in love for the first time with a woman, and I was still navigating my own stuff, while people were writing articles headlined: ‘Ellen Page’s sexuality sweepstake’.
“There was a tabloid magazine that I saw at every checkout, in every gas station, with a picture of me on the cover, and the question: ‘Is Ellen Page gay?’ It was very detrimental to my mental health.”
However, Page admits coming out in Hollywood is “completely different” now to the way it was 10 years ago.
“I remember being in my early 20s and really believing it was impossible for me to come out. But, over time, with more representation, hearts and minds have been changed. It doesn’t happen quickly enough and it hasn’t happened enough, particularly for the most marginalized in the community. But things have got better.”
The “Umbrella Academy” star says she’s now happily married, gushing: “I’m so in love. I love being married. I’ll be walking my dog, and I start talking to people, and I end up telling them about my wife and making them look at our Instagram. I’m that person.”