Ellen Page says she ‘barely touched a woman outside’ until she was 27

The actress made the emotional confession as she sympathised with her character in The Umbrella Academy.

Ellen Page has opened up about how uncomfortable she used to feel in an interview with The Independent, about her role in the Netflix’s series, The Umbrella Academy, which premiered yesterday.

Speaking about her character’s, Vanya, journey of self-discovery Page said: “She’s going from this place of repression, to finding out who she is, to getting in touch with the rage she has, that leads into this… power.”

However, Page also opened up in the interview about her own journey of self-discovery, describing herself in her early career as “very, very closeted.”

She described how she was “making her girlfriends leave buildings through different exits, or hide in hotel bathrooms when room service came.” She added, while shaking her head: “I mean, I barely touched a woman outside until I was 27 years old.”

Ellen Page came out in 2014, in a speech to the Time to THRIVE conference for the Human Rights Watch. “I wasn’t OK, physically, at the time. I had a lot of physical stuff that was happening. I was very susceptible to panic attacks,” she said at the time.

And clicking her fingers, she said: “And coming out, like, it was as if I transformed overnight.”

Related: Ellen Page celebrates one year anniversary with wife Emma Portner

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And since coming out, Page has been a passionate LGBTQ rights activist. Earlier this month, she slammed Donald Tr*mp for his anti-LGBTQ policies.

“I am really fired up tonight, it feels impossible not to feel this way right now, with the president and Vice President Mike Pence, who wishes I couldn’t be married,” she said.

“Let’s just be clear. The Vice President of America wishes I didn’t have the love with my wife. He wanted to ban that in Indiana. He believes in conversion therapy. He hurt LGBTQ people so badly as the Governor of Indiana.”

She then made reference to the attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who was beaten and had a noose tied around his neck in a suspected homophobic and racist attack.

“Connect the dots. This is what happens,” she continued.

“If you are in a position of power, and you hate people, and you want to cause suffering to them, you go though your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen?

“Kids are gonna be abused, and they’re gonna kill themselves, and people are gonna be beaten on the streets.

“I have travelled the world and I have met the most marginalised people you could meet. I am lucky to have the time and the privilege to say this. This needs to fucking stop.”

Related: Watch Ellen Page in the trailer for Netflix’s new superhero series The Umbrella Academy

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