2014: What A Year: Ellen Page

Ellen Page at a GLAAD event earlier this year. (Getty)

We first fell in love with Ellen Page back in 2007 with her Academy Award-nominated role in the film, Juno.” She then became a regular face in big studio films like Inception” and “X Men: The Last Standand indies like Touchy Feely” and while she wasn’t the kind of celebrity you’d see splashed across the tabloids, she always had a quality that was easy to relate to, which made her a favorite performer.

In 2014, however, the actress went to new heights when she opened herself up in ways she never had before and came out during a February speech (on Valentine’s Day no less) at a Human Rights Campaign “Time To Thrive” event.

In the course of the speech, which you can see below, she explained, "If we took just five minutes to recognize each other's beauty instead of attacking each other for our differences, that's not hard. It's really an easier and better way to live and ultimately it saves lives." Page said. "Then again it can be the hardest thing because loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves and I know many of you have struggled with this and I draw upon your strength and your support in ways that you will never know. And I am here today because I am gay…" She also spoke of being tired of hiding and tired of lying by omission. Kudos to Page for a very heartfelt and honest speech.

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In April, Page sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and talked about making the decision to be out and proud about herself.

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Besides her personal triumph, we also saw Page as part of the large ensemble cast in the hit film, “X Men: Days Of Future Past,” and we’ll see plenty more of her in the new year when she’ll be seen in at least two films, “Into The Forest” with Evan Rachel Wood and “Freeheld” with Julianne Moore and Steve Carrell.

Congratulations on a hell of a year, Ellen Page!

Page in "X Men: Days Of Future Past"

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