Actress and producer Ellen Page finds the fun—and the freedom—in fashion.
Photographed by Cass Bird.
Vogue (USA) Magazine – April 2015. Digital version available upon release.
On newsstands March 25.
Although the so-called Bechdel test—which requires that a film include at least one scene in which two named female characters discuss something other than a man—would seem to be a low hurdle for more features, it’s shocking how few of them clear the bar. Ellen Page, however, boasts that all of her upcoming projects hit the mark. This includes Freeheld, an adaptation of the 2007 documentary about a veteran police detective (Julianne Moore) who battles cancer while being legally barred from passing her state-pension benefits to her life partner (Page), galvanizing both women to become, as Page puts it, “accidental activists.” The actress, 28—she’s also a producer on the picture—signed on without so much as reading a script about 7 years ago, long before February 2014, when she revealed that she herself is a lesbian. It’s not for nothing that, when discussing Freeheld‘s imminent release, she says, “It’s been a long time coming.”
One of the less-expected results of coming out—a process that Page says affected her “on a cellular level”—has been a kind of personal reconciliation with fashion. “I used to feel this constant pressure to be more feminine; a quiet or sometimes not-so-quiet demand—’You need to wear a dress or people will think you’re gay.'” she explains “Now I feel a sense of freedom in dressing, and I’m enjoying it so much. I love wearing a Saint Laurent suit to an event,” says the actress, who also happily donned the menswear-inspired pieces at right for a spot of breakfast, “I mean, what a gift.”— Mark Guiducci