On Tuesday night, Stephen hosted his first Late Show to feature a Canadian guest: the wonderful, delightful Ellen Page!
For those of you who may not know her, Ellen Page is an extraordinary actress from Canada’s beautiful east coast fishery and port city, Halifax. The 28-year-old Page has been acting since she was 10, her first role being TV movie Pit Pony, for which she nominated for a Gemini (the former television-specific award that recently combined with the Genie to form the Canadian Screen Awards). She gained notoriety in 2005 with vigilante crime thriller Hard Candy. Since, she has appeared in films and TV consistently – notably 2007’s Juno, for which she won over 30 distinct awards, and for her role as the matter-phasing mutant Kitty Pryde in the X-Men film series.
The interview was more political and social than the typical entertainment guests have to offer. On The Late Show, Page opened up about her feelings toward her place in society as a gay woman. “All we’re asking for is equality,” she said to perfectly sum up her statement. Page publicly came out as gay in February 2014, and has since become an active and outspoken role model on issues facing the LGBTQ community – evidence of which can be seen this Saturday, when she will be awarded the Human Rights Campaign’s National Vanguard Award.
Ellen Page was also on the show to promote her upcoming release, Freeheld. Based on a true story, Page stars opposite Julianne Moore, who plays terminally ill Laurel Hester, a New Jersey Police Lieutenant. Page plays Stacie Andree, Laurel’s partner, who isn’t entitled to Laurel’s pension after her death – a right that any non-same-sex couple would have.
Hooked on Ellen Page yet? Need more of a fix? Well, if you haven’t already, check her out in Juno – Jason Reitman’s (Up In the Air, Thank You for Smoking) indie-comedy about a 16-year-old’s (Ellen Page) struggle with an unexpected pregnancy. Following that, James Gunn’s (yeah, the guy who did Guardians of the Galaxy) 2010 moral-relativist vigilante film Super, the previously-mentioned justice flick Hard Candy by David Slade (the vampire-obsessed director of 30 Days of Night and Twilight: Eclipse), and Christopher Nolan’s (big name behind the recent Batman film franchise) dream-based sci-fi Inception are great movies to soak in some great Ellen Page performances. And of course, you can see her in theatres this October in Freeheld.
Be sure to tune in for tonight’s show, featuring Secretary of State John Kerry, actress Claire Danes, and YouTube comedian PewDiePie, airing 11:35 et/pt on Global!