Ellen Page, the Oscar-nominated star of Juno, Hard Candy and the Sundance hit Tallulah, has some challenging words for the Hollywood double-standard she perceives for gay actors who take on gay roles.
“Zachary Quinto is out, and he stars in one of the biggest blockbuster franchises,” the 28-year-old said, referring to the Star Trek films. “I have four projects coming up – all gay roles. People ask if I’m concerned about getting pigeonholed. No one asks: ‘Ellen, you’ve done seven straight roles in a row – shouldn’t you shake it up and do something queer?’”
“There’s still that double standard. I look at all the things I’ve done in movies: I’ve drugged a guy, tortured someone, become a roller-derby star overnight. But now I’m gay, I can’t play a straight person?”
Her comments come after a six-year struggle to get Freeheld made, an experience that included coming out publicly herself.
“What blows my mind is how my own personal journey paralleled the development of that movie. It felt wildly inappropriate to be playing this character as a closeted person.”
The reviews of the film have not been kind, which screenwriter Ron Nysawner said was a result of producers “de-gaying” the film, resulting in “cardboard characters and by-the-numbers drama.”