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Actress Ellen Page came out as gay at a Las Vegas conference for LGBT teens. Here, the starlet arrives to the premiere of ‘Inception’ at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on July 13, 2010, in Los Angeles.
“Juno” who just came out?
“I’m tired of hiding,” Hollywood actress Ellen Page announced Friday at an LGBT youth conference in Las Vegas.
Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand.’
“I’m here today because I am gay,” Page, 26, told the audience, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The “Inception” star, who burst onto the acting scene with her role as a pregnant Minnesota teen in 2007’s “Juno”, delivered the news to a group of LGBT teens at Time to THRIVE, a conference at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Vegas.
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Actress Ellen Page attends the premiere of ‘The East’ during the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 16, 2013, in Austin, Texas.
“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,” Page said. “Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me.”
Ellen Page with Leonardo DiCaprio in ‘Inception.’
The website for the Human Rights Campaign, which hosted the conference in Nevada, congratulated the star for her “brave decision to live openly and authentically.”
The Canadian-born actress also starred as Kitty Pryde in a recurring role in the “X-Men” series. The latest film, “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, is due out this year.
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Ellen Page broke out with her titular role as a pregnant teen in ‘Juno’ in 2007.
Page cited “football hero Michael Sam” and Laverne Cox from Orange is the New Black as two inspirations for her decision.
Sam, a former University ofMissouri defensive end, made waves this week when he announced he was gay.
The 24-year-old is expected to be drafted into the NFL, making him the first openly gay sports player in any of the major professional men’s leagues.