Ellen Page

June 23, 2013

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hi reddit, Ellen Page here. I'm an actress. I'm also Canadian. My most recent film is THE EAST. Looking forward to answering your questions.

proof: https://twitter.com/EllenPage/status/348913069625327616

Thank you so much for your questions. This was fun and I would love to come back and do it again! Bye for now...

Who was the most interesting co-star or director you've worked with?

No one has been the most interesting. Honestly, I have been so fortunate to work with many talented people. It is pretty impossible to choose one or even two or three. Been inspired by many.

Hey you. You're pretty good at juggling a lot of things. What else can you juggle?


I mean, besides hearts

I can juggle all kinds of things, mostly just things that are ball-like though. I don't juggle fire or knives or anything :(

Hi Ellen! Two questions...

1 - What was it like working with Alexander in The East?

2 - What was your favourite film to work on? Inception must have been epic.

Alexander is awesome. He is an extremely kind and generous actor and so lovely to work with. I can't pick one movie, so many have been wonderful to do for different reasons. Inception indeed was epic to shoot, Chris Nolan is a genius (obviously) and awesome to work with. Along with that cast...OMG

Based on your experience working on Beyond would you be up for making more video games? Has your perception of video games changed at all since doing Beyond?

Making Beyond was an incredible experience. I think what David Cage is doing is really remarkable, the first of its kind and I feel grateful to be involved.

Monopoly or Clue?


Ms. Page, welcome to reddit!

Thank you for your time!!!

Considering there are so few roles for women and the roles that do exist can be so narrow in their idea of what a woman can be, it is extremely important to me to be involved with projects where the girl is in charge of her own destiny and is honest and well written.

Inception was an incredible experience. I am grateful to Chris for writing such a great role for a young woman and for letting me be involved. I would LOVE to work with him again.

Tequila and water :)

you identify as a feminist, do you have any specific thoughts on misogyny in our day and age right now? what do you think about the current feminist porn movement? also, you rock! we love you.

I think we are in a very scary time right now. The rhetoric from the right wing is terrifying to me. I think feminist porn is crucial. To only have porn from the male perspective is damaging. Women are sexual creatures, as much as men and that needs to be embraced.

What was it like going back to the X-Men in Days of Future Past?

Amazing! Obviously I cannot talk about any details ;) but just know that it is going to be pretty darn epic!

How did you manage to get into character in Hard Candy?

Most important thing was to not judge Hayley and completely understand her anger and her mission. Obviously there is an incredible amount of sexual violence aimed at young women and it was not hard to harness the anger that that invokes and unleash it.

What is your favorite band?

I mean I have many...but when I am really quiet with myself, my favourite musician is probably Cat Power.

How the hell is Steve Agee friends with everyone in Hollywood?

Because he is awesome! He is kind, sweet and funny as hell.

Ellen, me and my friend Ellis have a band called Ellen Page and the Argonauts and it would make sense if you were in it. Band practice is at my house every Saturday.

My guitar skills are lacking...I think you are better off without me. :)


Steve Agee and my manager Kelly Bush (black belt in karate)

What was your experience like living in the eco village in Oregon?

Leaving in an intentional community where there is no waste created and you live in a way that mirrors the cyclical nature of the Earth is a beautiful and eye opening experience.

Hi, Ellen--I'm a huge fan!

What is it that helps you keep your focus? You always seem so down-to-earth and approachable in interviews, etc. What's your secret?

I always just remind myself that I am talking to another human being. I focus on the person I am talking to and am interested in having a conversation with them.

This sounds so much like a PR person answering :/

This is 100% really me. I would never let someone else do something like this.

I live in the "haunted ex-brothel" in Halifax that you have talked about on talk shows. I've researched it a little bit and haven't found anything supporting that. What happened that made you think it was haunted?

Just a vibe. Things going missing then finding them in weird places, lights going on and off...the microwave randomly going on...stuff like that.

Maybe they moved on????

How do you feel about people who say that Juno "promoted teen pregnancy"?

I think they need to calm down. It is a comedy. It is fiction.

What is your favorite book?

Deep Economy by Bill McKibben

How will you celebrate Canada Day ?

Not sure. Probably just bug my American friends all day about it being Canada day :)

On your twitter, you mention Sigur Ros a few times. I love them as well....Are there any other bands that you recently got into?

Recently? ummm.... Youth Lagoon Twin Shadow the tallest man on earth

How close is real-life Michael Cera to his persona in This is the End?

I haven't seen the movie yet. I hear he plays a coke head and sex addict???

All I can say is Michael Cera is one of the funniest and sweetest people I know. Down to earth, super intelligent and I loved working with him. No signs of coke or sex addict activity.

This has almost certainly been made clear to you several times, but are you aware how much you look like Ellie from "The Last of Us," a video game which came out about a week ago. She even sounds like you. So much so that almost everyone assumed it was you playing the role.

Which leads me to my questions:

I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I am actually acting in a video game called Beyond Two Souls, so it was not appreciated.

If you were asked to star in any reboot of any movie that you may have seen as a kid, what would you want it to be and why?


But I would want to be the Sean Astin role.

As a former derby girl, I love "Whip it!". If you had a real life derby name, what would it be?

Hate Winslet.

How uncomfortable was it to film the sex scene in "SUPER" with Rainn Wilson? I've always wondered how actors shoot those scenes without feeling awkward since the entire crew is watching.

Shooting scenes like that are always awkward, but Rainn is one of the nicest people and a friend, so we just tried to make it feel safe and fun and....not sexual, even though that was sort of impossible. :)

Do you have an update on Freeheld? And you and Alia Shawkat should make another movie together! Or something...

Oh, and obvs I'm a huge fan

I hope to make Freeheld in the spring of 2014 there is an offer going out to an Academy Award Nominated actress next week to play Laurel.

Obviously Alia and I should make another movie together :) She is one of my favourite people on the planet. She is so talented!

Do you play video games? If so, what is your favorite one?

I played video games more when I was a kid. I had Sega Genesis and was a HUGE Sonic fan. I also love the NHL games and played them with my brother all time. Then I was super into Playstation and loved the FIFA games. I recently played my first video game in a while. I played the latest Tomb Raider and really enjoyed it, finished in about 12 hours.

1) Hey Ellen, how did the experience of making The East compare to Mouth to Mouth? as they're both similar thematically.

2) What do you think of Evan Rachel Wood's work, would you be interested in working with her?

The East and Mouth to Mouth were similar because on both sets the cast really bonded...both were really incredible experiences. Two of my favorites.

I think Evan Rachel Wood is awesome. I would love to work with her!

Hi Ellen, BIG FAN! If you didn't pursue acting or get into the film business, what other job do you think you would be doing right now?

Organic farmer.

How was it like to kiss Joseph Gordon Levitt in Inception? I'm just a curious straight male.

I don't kiss and tell.

What was your favorite tv show growing up?


What do you remember about appearing in season 2 of the Trailer Park Boys? Were you aware of the plot (I.e.: drugs and everyone's a terrible human being) or did they shield you from it?

I had such a great time. Everyone was so kind to me. I was aware. The director (Mike) asked me if I knew what satire was...I said no :) he explained....that was about it.

Hi Ellen, big fan! I'm wondering, what is your favorite kind of juice?


Have you ever considered launching a perfume range called "Smellen Page"?

edit: Spelling

It is coming, will be arriving just in time for the holidays.

What was it like working with Brit Marling? I've basically been in love with her for two years.

Brit is extraordinary. Obviously she is an extremely talented actor and writer, but she is also one of the most kind and selfless people I have ever met.

Hello Ellen.

For Beyond, did you and William Dafoe do your own motion capture, and if so are those suits as uncomfortable as they look? What was it like working with Dafoe?

We did do our own motion capture. The suits are not that bad actually...it is sort of nice to not sorry about wardrobe.

Willem is an incredible actor and I loved working with him.

I must say I loved hard candy, and that movie really made me realize that you are quite an actress What type of kid were you in high school?

I had JUST finished grade 11.

You've worked with some amazing directors over the years, Woody Allen, Christopher Nolan, Lynn Shelton, to name a few. What director would you love to work with, but haven't had the opportunity to yet?

Ang Lee

What the fuck did Frank do with your body in Super? That bothers me so much.

I don't know :(

Wanna see the bear trap in my trunk?


Hey Ellen! If you got hit by amnesia which film would you like to watch the most like it was your first ever time watching it?

Harold and Maude

Did you ever get a chance to meet Kimya Dawson?


Who was the funniest TPB cast member off camera?

Lucy and she is one of my best friends.

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Ellen Page conducted on Reddit on 2013-06-23. The Reddit AMA can be found here.