Feb. 21st, 1987
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Ellen Philpotts-Page, (born February 21, 1987) known professionally as Ellen Page, is a Canadian actress. She started her career in Canada with roles in the television shows Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, and ReGenesis. Page ventured into films, winning attention after starring in the 2005 drama Hard Candy, before her breakthrough role as Juno (2007). Her other notable film roles have been in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Smart People (2008), Whip It (2009), Super (2010), Inception (2010) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), as well as providing the voice acting, motion capture and likeness for Jodie Holmes in the video game Beyond: Two Souls (2013).
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony (1999), for which she received a Gemini nomination and a Young Artist Awards nomination. Later, Page appeared in Marion Bridge (2002), which won the award for Best Canadian First Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival. She won a Gemini Award for her role of Lilith in the first season of ReGenesis (2004), a one-hour drama for TMN/Movie Central, and for the cable feature, Mrs. Ashboro's Cat (2004), for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series. In addition, Page appeared in the cult hit TV series Trailer Park Boys (2001).
As the lead in David Slade's Hard Candy (2005), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Page garnered much praise for her tour de force performance as a 14-year-old girl who meets a 30-year-old photographer on the Internet and then looks to expose him as pedophile. Films that followed included the title role of Bruce McDonald's The Tracey Fragments (2007); An American Crime (2007), also starring 'Catherine Keener'; and the third installation of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), where she played Kitty Pryde.
With her breakout role in Jason Reitman's hit comedy Juno (2007), about an offbeat teenager who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, Page received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and SAG Best Actress nominations, and won the Independent Spirit Award for her performance. She followed up that turn with the lead in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, the roller-derby comedy-drama Whip It (2009), Christopher Nolan's psychological thriller Inception (2010), the independent film Peacock (2010), and the dark comedy Super (2010), opposite Rainn Wilson and Liv Tyler.
Page co-starred alongside Jesse Eisenberg, Alec Baldwin, and Greta Gerwig in the Woody Allen ensemble comedy To Rome with Love (2012), and is set for the thriller The East (2013), a story centered on a contract worker tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group, only to find herself falling for its leader.
In 2008, Page was one of 30 celebrities who participated in an online ad series for U.S. Campaign for Burma, calling for an end to the military dictatorship in Burma. She describes herself as a pro-choice feminist. She attended Buddhist school in her youth and practiced meditation and yoga. She practices a vegan lifestyle, and PETA named her and Jared Leto the Sexiest Vegetarians of 2014.
On February 14, 2014, Page came out as gay in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign's "Time to Thrive" conference. In 2014, Page was included as part of the Advocate's annual "40 Under 40" list.
- Is good friends with her _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv) co-star 'Ben Foster (I)' (qv).
- Was ranked #8 on Entertainment Weekly's '30 Under 30' the actress list. (2008).
- Had to wear hair extensions for _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv) as she had shaved her head bald for her role in _Mouth to Mouth (2005)_ (qv).
- She originally turned down the role of Kitty Pryde in _X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)_ (qv) until director 'Brett Ratner' (qv) personally contacted her and talked her into it.
- Born to Dennis Page, a graphic designer, and Martha Phillpotts, a teacher.
- Third actress to play Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat, replacing 'Katie Stuart (I)' (qv) from _X2 (2003)_ (qv), who replaced 'Sumela Kay' (qv) from _X-Men (2000)_ (qv).
- Was the first choice for Christine in 'Drag Me to Hell' (2009),but was forced to pass due to scheduling difficulties. That part later went to Alison Lohman.
- Considers herself to be a feminist and tries to steer clear of the "stereotypical roles for teenage girls" because she finds them to be "sexist".