In an emotional interview, Ellen DeGeneres praised Ellen Page for coming out. It was the second time this week that DeGeneres had welcomed a newly out famous lesbian onto her daytime show. Robin Roberts had appeared on the show the day before Page.
“I am so proud of you for coming out and I’m happy for you,” DeGeneres told Page. “I know what a scary thing that is. … It’s a scary thing to verbalize, to say it out loud.”
DeGeneres called Page’s coming out speech at a Human Rights Campaign event in Las Vegas, “incredible.”
“I think my biggest fear in doing it was having a panic attack, quite frankly,” Page said of the speech. “I was just so ready to do it, and so excited to do it. So it was a combination of such thrill to be at a place in my life where I was able to do that, and grateful to have that moment, and grateful to you (Ellen), because you did it at a time when it was much harder and much scarier.”
Page said DeGeneres had been a source of strength because the talk show host had come out in a time “when it was much harder and much scarier.”
DeGeneres came out in a Time Magazine Cover story 17 years ago, and it was at the same time that her character on her self-titled ABC sitcom came out.
Page also talked about the damaging effect of keeping your sexuality hidden.
“It’s toxic. You think you’re at a place where you’re like, ‘Oh, I’m happy to be gay. I’m so comfortable being gay. I love being gay.’ Honestly, it wasn’t until making that choice and doing that (speech) when I realized that, no, I was carrying a tremendous amount of shame and guilt for not being out, and felt isolated from the LGBT community.”
Check out the video for the full interview.