Refusing to conform to any of the typical Hollywood expectations cast upon so many of her female contemporaries, Ellen Page is a rarity in a world where botoxed buxom blondes are the order of the day. Having recently revisited Page’s breakout film Hard Candy, I am reminded just how much talent she possesses. She followed the excellent Hard Candy with a role in X-Men Last Stand and the left-of-centre but utterly mesmerising The Tracey Fragments. Next, of course, came the smash hit Juno in which Page created one of the most positive female teen characters of all time, delivering the perfect mix of maturity, vulnerability and wise-cracking self-assurance. She then went on to star in Drew Barrymore’s Whip It and Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending masterpiece Inception.
The Canadian-born Page is a rarity in Hollywood in that she does not find it necessary to attach herself to any of the myriad lame rom-coms that are churned out with monotonous regularity, nor does she find it necessary to subject herself to the stereotypical roles most often served up for female actors, namely the damsel in distress, the femme fatale, the supermum, the sex kitten or the nasty corporate climber. Furthermore, Page seems to have little interest in the celebrity aspect of the industry and, unlike so many others for whom their profile outweighs their talent – Page does not covet the magazine covers, talk show appearances and social media saturation that now seems part and parcel of daily life for so many others.
In addition to a wealth of talent, Ellen Page also possesses something to which few in Hollywood can lay claim – intelligence. Furthermore, she has opinions and isn’t afraid to share them, as this interview with The Guardian attests:
Regardless of whether we agree with her opinions or not, the fact that she is prepared to share them is, in itself, a refreshing and welcome change. In no way is she typical of the cookie cutter conformists who are such a blight on the industry, nor does she seem particularly bothered by her outsider status. In fact she seems to embrace it and seems utterly unperturbed by what anybody might think of her, which makes her a much more suitable role model than so many others within an industry in which independent thought is, it would seem, incompatible with success.