7:12am PT by Ashley Lee
Ellen Page on Coming Out: 'I Did Not Anticipate Just How Happy I Would Feel' (Video)
It's been two months since Ellen Page came out at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference in Las Vegas, and the actress truly feels that a burden has been lifted.
As a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in a segment airing Thursday, Page was praised by Ellen DeGeneres for making the Valentine's Day speech. "I am so proud of you for coming out and I am happy for you," the talk show host told the actress. "I know what a scary thing that is. Your speech was incredible. I just thought it was the most brilliantly written speech."
Page, who DeGeneres said was emotional while a clip of the speech was airing, said of the moment that she was "the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life, for sure. I think my biggest fear of doing it was even just having a panic attack, quite frankly!" she said, wearing a cobalt Smythe pajama blazer. "I was so ready to do it and, quite frankly, so excited to do it, so it was a combination of just such a thrill to finally be at that place in my life where I was able to do that, and grateful to have that moment -- and grateful to you, because you did it at a time where it was much harder and much scarier."
The X-Men: Days of Future Past actress explained that she always knew she would feel better after coming out, but she did admit, "I did not anticipate just how happy I would feel in just every aspect of my life -- just an ease and a comfort, and it’s really been quite extraordinary to feel just the shift. It was pretty much overnight too."
DeGeneres agreed, noting that it's because the declaration is simultaneously a release of shame. Page said that although she was previously content keeping her sexual orientation a secret from the public, she was actually ashamed of herself in a way: "I was carrying a tremendous amount of shame and guilt for not being out, and I felt isolated from the LGBT community, and now I don't."
Now, she's able to speak freely about past relationships while at work, and she enjoys hearing others' stories and sharing advice. "Those are really beautiful moments to get to share with people."
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