Late Night Video: See Stephen Colbert’s thoughtful interview with the extraordinary Ellen Page
Ellen Page is out doing heavy promotion for her new film Freeheld and I’m so glad because she has a lot to say.
Ellen was on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert yesterday and it was a smart and thoughtful conversation between two smart and thoughtful people.
Ellen talked about how coming out publicly in February 2014 has impacted her life: “I feel so grateful for it. I feel so grateful to feel how I feel now, compared to [how I felt] when I was a closeted person. It’s not a nice place to be. [Staying in the closet] is toxic.”
She was “sad” about keeping her sexuality a secret and adds: “I wish that no one had to live that way.”
Ellen has had her rough times personally but she is aware that as a famous actress, she has it better than most: “As a person I’m a very privileged gay person and those who are affected the most in our community are the most vulnerable. And I feel very grateful to be able to talk about things or share stories and meet incredibly inspiring people and have connections with people. … It really changes minds, it touches people’s hearts and makes it shift from seeing something as ‘other’ or ‘different’ to of course realizing that we are all the same and all we’re asking for is equality.
‘We want to] grow up in a society that doesn’t make us feel less than, doesn’t make us feel shame.’
Well said Ellen!