by John Anderson, published on Sunday, February 17, 2008|
As the titular hipster of 'Juno,' Ellen Page has made the kind of impression for which most starlets would sacrifice their full-color Margot Channing tattoo. The Canadian actress, whose previous work includes 'Hard Candy,' 'X-Men: The Last Stand' and five episodes of the revered Canadian series 'Trailer Park Boys,' is up for a Best Actress Oscar, in a film nominated for Best Picture.
Q: Can you introduce us to (the band) Arcade Fire?
A: I do not know Arcade Fire.
Q: Don't all Canadians know each other?
Q: We've detected a 'Juno' backlash, which is sort of predictable with movies that both critics and audiences are initially so enthused about. Have you picked up on this?
A: Yeah, sure. People are obviously going to take a movie about teenage pregnancy and figure out something to talk about. So they can have something to talk about. That's what people do.
Q: Is 'Juno' a pro-life movie?
A: Not in the slightest, and if you knew me and if you knew the writer and the director, no one would ever say that. It happens to be a film about a girl who has a baby and gives it to a yuppie couple. That's what the movie's about. Like, I'm really sorry to everyone that she doesn't have an abortion, but that's not what the film is about. She goes to an abortion clinic and she completely examines all the opportunities and all the choices allowed her and that's obviously the most crucial thing. It's as simple as that.
I call myself a feminist when people ask me if I am, and of course I am 'cause it's about equality, so I hope everyone is. You know you're working in a patriarchal society when the word feminist has a weird connotation. 'Hippie' has a weird connotation. 'Liberal' has a weird connotation.
Q: How sick are you of these questions?
A: Well, because I very much am pro-choice, I don't really get it. People are always going to project. It's kind of amazing, though, that a movie that's caused this much controversy has done really well in America.
Q: When strangers meet you, do they expect you to be witty and dark and just like Juno?
A: People always, obviously, see a movie and project how you're going to be. Someone who's seen me in 'Hard Candy' expects one thing; someone who sees me in 'Juno' expects something else.
Q: What's next?
A: I have a film planned for the summer - Drew Barrymore's directing her first movie and I totally adore her, so I'm really excited. Nothing else immediately. I just want to take my time and not rush into anything.