Ellen Page on Coming Out: “I Expected so Much More Hate”

Juno actress Ellen Page recently came out during a very brave speech on Valentine’s Day this year, and now the actress has reflected on the reaction she received. She says that the positivity overwhelmed her because she had anticipated a lot of hate. She thinks change is really happening for the better:

“I expected so much more hate. It was just remarkably positive, which is beautiful, because it’s indicative of the change that’s happening.”

Opening up on why she decided to come out, Ellen says she hated feeling as though she had to cover up or change her behaviour because of her sexuality and wanted to be free to be the person she is:

“The more time went by, the more something just happened, an Oh my god—I want to love someone freely and walk down the street and hold my girlfriend’s hand… I was very nervous. I was very nervous, yes. Yes. Very, very nervous. Yes. I was emotional, deeply, deeply emotional.”

Ellen reveals she has now fully accepted her sexuality and doesn’t have any problems with it any longer, especially now that she has come out:

“You think you’re in a place where you’re all I’m thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don’t feel shame about being gay, but you actually do. You’re just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself.”