Ellen Page is the petite star of the 2007 comedy Juno (with Michael Cera). Raised in Nova Scotia, she began her career on the stage as a child. Canadian audiences got to know her through her television work, including Pit Pony in 1999, the television movie Mrs. Ashboro's Cat (2003) and the sci-fi series ReGenesis (2004). She won international attention for her role in the pedophilia-laced thriller Hard Candy (2006), and that performance led to a part as Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006, starring Hugh Jackman). Her turn in Juno, Diablo Cody's tale of a teen handling pregnancy with pluck and ironic humor, made Page a star and won her an Oscar nomination as best actress. She followed Juno with the 2008 film Smart People (with Thomas Haden Church). Page is also known for her many dark indie dramas, including Marion Bridge (2002), Mouth to Mouth (2005), An American Crime (2007) and Inception (2010, starring Leonardo DiCaprio).
Ellen Page announced publically that she is gay in February of 2014. She told a gathering of LGBT youth at the Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas, “I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain”… Marion Cotillard (in La Vie En Rose) won the best actress Oscar the same year Ellen Page was nominated for Juno.