Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page is a Canadian actress and producer. Her career began with roles in television shows such as Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys and ReGenesis. She starred in the 2005 drama Hard Candy, for which she won the Austin Film Critics Association’s Award for Best Actress. Her breakthrough role was the title role in Jason Reitman’s film Juno, for which she received nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. Take a look below for 27 more awesome and interesting facts about Ellen Page.
1. Page was born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the daughter of Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer.
2. She attended the Halifax Grammar School until grade 10, spent some time at Queen Elizabeth High School, and graduated from the Shambhala School in 2005.
3. She also spent two years in Toronto, Ontario, studying in the Interact Program at Vaughan Road Academy, along with close friend and fellow Canadian actor Mark Rendall.
4. Growing up, Page enjoyed playing with action figures and climbing trees.
5. Page first acted in front of the camera in 1997 at age ten in the CBC television movie Pit Pony, which later spun off into a television series.
6. At 16, she was cast in Mouth to Mouth, an independent film shot in Europe.
7. Page starred in the 2005 movie Hard Candy as a young girl who takes a pedophile hostage, and won praise for “one of the most complex, disturbing and haunting performances of the year.”
8. Page appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) as Kitty Pryde, a girl who can walk through walls.
9. Page portrayed the titular character in the 2007 film Juno. Film critic A. O. Scott of The New York Times described her as “frighteningly talented” and Roger Ebert said, “Has there been a better performance this year than Ellen Page’s creation of Juno? I do not think so.”
10. Page also co-starred in Smart People, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
11. Page’s other film credits include An American Crime, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; The Tracey Fragments, which was released in November 2007 in Canada and May 2008 in the US; and The Stone Angel.
12. Before his death in January 2008, Heath Ledger had discussed with Page the idea of starring in his directorial debut, The Queen’s Gambit.
13. In 2008, she was ranked #86 on FHM’s Sexiest Women in the World list, and placed at #93 for 2009.
14. In June 2008, Page was listed in Entertainment Weekly’s future A-List stars list.
15. Page hosted Saturday Night Live on March 1, 2008.
16. On May 3, 2009, she guest starred in the episode “Waverly Hills 9-0-2-1-D’oh” of the animated series The Simpsons as a character named Alaska Nebraska, a parody of Hannah Montana.
17. She featured in Michael Lander’s film Peacock, opposite Cillian Murphy, Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas, which was released in 2010 despite an original release date of 2009.
18. In August 2009, Page began shooting the big-budget Christopher Nolan thriller Inception, alongside co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ken Watanabe.
19. As of 2010, she serves as a spokesperson for Cisco Systems in a series of advertisements, appearing in three commercials set in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
20. In April 2011, it was announced that Page would co-star in the Woody Allen film To Rome with Love alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Penélope Cruz, and Alec Baldwin.
21. Page co-starred in Zal Batmanglij’s 2013 thriller The East, a film inspired by the experiences and drawing on thrillers from the 1970s, alongside Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård; Page replaced Felicity Jones, who had been attached to the project, but later dropped out.
22. On November 9, 2017, it was announced that Page was cast in the main role of Vanya Hargreeves in the Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy, which was renewed for a second season in April 2019.
23. In 2008, Page was one of 30 celebrities who participated in an online ad series for US Campaign for Burma, calling for an end to the military dictatorship in Burma.
24. She describes herself as a pro-choice feminist.
25. She attended Buddhist school in her youth and practiced meditation and yoga.
26. She is an atheist, having remarked that religion “has always been used for beautiful things, and also as a way to justify discrimination”.
27. On February 14, 2014, Page came out as gay during a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s “Time to Thrive” conference in Las Vegas.