He's been acting since the age of ten. Currently, he is a multi-award-winning actor and a leading voice for trans and LGBTQ+ rights. As we kick off Pride Month, there is no better person to highlight than Elliot Page.
How You Know Elliot Page
You probably know Canadian-born Elliot Page best for his blockbuster roles. He was Kitty Pryde in the "X-Men" franchise, and the architect in "Inception." Nolan picked young Page for a "freshness and savvy and maturity" that only Page could bring. Certainly the perfect traits for a character that's said to be an audience proxy in Nolan's mind-bending thriller. A film that's a metaphorical take on filmmaking itself.
Before "Inception," Page wowed critics as the title role in Jason Reitman's 2007 indie hit "Juno." This role earned Page many top award nominations including a BAFTA, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. As a result, Page, who was 20 and still identified as female at the time, became the fourth-youngest actor nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.
More recently, Page received two Emmy nods for his role as Vanya Hargreeves in the hit Netflix superhero series "The Umbrella Academy."
Elliot Page's Life So Far - On Screen
Born Ellen Page, in Halifax, Nova Scotia to a teacher and a graphic designer, Elliot Page was very young when he got into acting. In 1997, at age ten, Page landed his first role on the Canadian TV series "Pit Pony." In 2002, Page made his feature film debut in the award-winning Canadian drama "Marion Bridge." Both roles were well received.
In 2005, Page starred in the thriller "Hard Candy." Though overlooked at the time by mainstream audiences, this Sundance gem featured a hard-hitting breakout performance that impressed critics. This led to an even bigger breakout as Kitty Pryde in "X-Men: The Last Stand." Page would return to the comic character one more time in 2014's "Days of Future Past."
Page followed up the blockbuster role with a return to indie film. In 2007, Page took an award-winning turn as the lead in Bruce McDonald's "The Tracey Fragments." Page later starred in the acclaimed crime drama "An American Crime." Also that year, Page landed the acclaimed title role in Reitman's indie hit "Juno." This led Page to even bigger roles in Nolan's "Inception," Drew Barrymore's rip-roarious directorial debut "Whip It," and James Gunn's darkly comedic "Super."
Elliot Page's Life So Far - Behind the Scenes
Elliot Page has been making similar waves behind the camera and beyond film. In 2013, Page earned another BAFTA nod for his voice and mo-cap acting in the video game "Beyond: Two Souls." Two years later, Page produced and starred in the Jersey-set LGBTQ drama "Freeheld." In 2016, Page appeared in the Sian Heder's Sundance hit "Tallulah." Also that year, Page returned to TV to host the Vice docuseries "Gaycation," which highlighted LGBTQ voices throughout the world.
Most recently, Page made his directorial debut with the 2019 documentary "There's Something in the Water." The doc looks at the effects of environmental racism in low-income Nova Scotia communities. "There's Something in the Water" drew praise following its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
A leading voice in the LGBTQ and Trans community, Page publicly came out as a gay woman in 2014. Just last year, Page publicly came out as transgender and was met with open support and praise, posting on Instagram: "I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I've been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society."
In March this year Page became the first openly trans man to appear on a cover of Time magazine, proudly declaring "I'm fully who I am."
Elliot Page - The Movie to See
Overlooked at the time, David Slade's "Hard Candy" hits even harder today. Elliot Page stars as Hayley Stark, a 14-year-old teen who strikes up an online conversation with shady photographer Jeff (Patrick Wilson). Jeff has his own creepy intentions, but little does he know the predator will soon become the prey. The nuggets of the story came from a news story about Japanese girls who would lure in creepy older businessmen only to rob and mug them. Though it came out in 2005, "Hard Candy" serves as an empowering film for the #MeToo movement. Page's Hayley should stand tall among all those heroes and heroines.
Did you know: The allusions to Red Riding Hood, including the choice of Page's Hayley wearing a red hoodie was not immediately apparent to the filmmakers when shooting the film. The wardrobe was a serendipitous choice that only enhanced the film's theme, and was played up in the marketing of the film.
What's Up Next?
Elliot Page will continue his role as Vanya in the third season of "The Umbrella Academy." We don't have any spoilers, nor has an official release date been announced, but production is underway and you can expect some "delightful surprises" in the next chapter. Also on deck for Page are a few voice roles in the upcoming animated adventures "Naya Legend of the Golden Dolphin" and "Robodog."
Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.