Sexuality affects us all -- gay, bi, straight or whatever -- and Ellen Page speaks the truth about it. After a long hard road to acceptance, she's come out as gay and spoken openly about it, leading her to greater creative and personal freedom.
Her next movie is alongside Julianne Moore in touching human rights drama Freeheld, which is gonna be awesome (albeit pretty tear-jerking!).
Check out some of the coolest things that Ellen Page has said since her bold coming out speech in early 2014.
1. On Openness
"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."
2. On Coming Out
"It was definitely one of the most nerve-wracking moments of my life, and at the same time I was just so excited and thrilled to be at a place where I was ready to do that and grateful for the support that I've received."
3. On Pain
"I 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."
4. On Dressing to Feel Comfortable
"I used to feel this constant pressure to be more feminine, a quiet or sometimes not-so-quiet demand: 'You need to wear a dress or people will think you're gay.' Now I feel a sense of freedom in dressing, and I'm enjoying it so much. I love wearing a Saint Laurent suit to an event."
5. On Being Honest
"It's just so nice to be at work and talk about an ex, or get to wear what you want and not have a conversation about it. And to feel like you're being yourself and then connect with people in the world."
6. On Helping Others
"It's so nice to have people come up to me and tell me their story or say, 'Hey, I'm closeted, do you have any advice?' Those are really beautiful moments to get to share with people."
7. On Changing for the Better
"I feel more creatively inspired than I have in years. And I'm sure it has to do with a lot of bricks being taken out of the backpack."
8. On Happiness
"I'm happier than I probably could imagine. Now it doesn't feel like I was ever not out. It's hard for me to imagine not existing in the way that I'm existing now. It boggles my mind that it seemed so difficult and so impossible. I wish I'd done it sooner, quite frankly."
9. On Love
"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."