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Ellen Page Fears Hollywood Has Pigeonholed Her

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The actress fears Hollywood will not allow her to be gay and play gay.

Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page is worried Hollywood has reserved her simply for LGBT roles. The Freeheld star voiced her fears to Elle UK:

"There's still that double standard. I look at all the things I've done in movies: I've drugged a guy, tortured someone, become a roller-derby star overnight. But now I'm gay, I can't play a straight person?"

Page believes this problem is not that she is gay, but that she plays gay roles.

"Zachary Quinto is out, and he stars in one of the biggest blockbuster franchises. I have four projects coming up - all gay roles. People ask if I'm concerned about getting pigeonholed. No one asks: 'Ellen, you've done seven straight roles in a row--shouldn't you shake it up and do something queer?'"

After filming Freeheld, Page came out in February 2014. She says the film influenced her to publicly come out.

"It was part of it. What blows my mind is how my own personal journey paralleled the development of that movie. It felt wildly inappropriate to be playing this character as a closeted person. Coming out was a long process, though."

Thankfully, Page is not letting any of Hollywood's discrimination stop her from creating more LGBT-centric works. In fact, her LGBT travel series, Gaycation, premieres on VICELAND this week.

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