The film star reveals she was told to hide her sexuality by Hollywood execs
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM/PORTER
Ellen Page came out in her infamous speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time To Thrive conference back in 2014 and has been a huge queer icon since then, speaking out on LGBTQI issues left, right and centre.
In a new interview with Porter, Ellen has opened up about her experiences of being told to hide her sexuality and pressured to dress a certain way by Hollywood executives.
She said: “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 photo shoots. 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.”
She went on to say that coming out in Hollywood was now “different to 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 marginalised in the community. But things have got better.”
She has previously spoken out about how she didn’t even feel comfortable touching another woman in public for a long time, stating, “I barely touched a woman outside until I was 27 years old.”
She described herself as being “very, very, very closeted” in the first decade of her career and said even when she had accepted her sexuality and began dating women, she would make her girlfriends leave through different exits to hide from the media.
It’s amazing to see how far Ellen has come on her journey of accepting her sexuality and how she has moved past the homophobia she faced in Hollywood. These days her Instagram is filled with cute couple pics with wife, Emma Portner, and we can’t get enough. Keep waving your rainbow flag in the face of adversity, Ellen. You’re an inspiration to us all!
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