Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay: “Juno” Star Reveals She’s a Lesbian

Well, you learn something new everyday. Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page revealed Friday that she is a lesbian.

Page — who next appears in X-Men: Days of Future Past, out in May — found breakout success with her Oscar-nominated role in 2007’s Juno. Ellen says she decided to open up about her sexuality so that other people “can have an easier and more hopeful time.”

The 26-year-old came out at Time to THRIVE, a Las Vegas conference to promote the welfare of youth in the LGBTQ community. An obviously nervous Page told the crowd:

“I am here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility. It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing — at least in some sense — an industry that places crushing standards on all of us. Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me.”

An emotional Ellen continued:

“You have ideas planted in your head, thoughts you never had before, that tell you how you have to act, how you have to dress and who you have to be. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard.”

Page added:

“I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission 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.”

The Inception star went on to describe love as “the most incredible gift to give.”

“I am young, yes, but what I have learned is that love, the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it, is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.”