Page on Playing Kitty Pryde in the Third X-Men Movie|
by Rebecca Murray, published on April 11, 2006
Ellen Page went from a starring role in the psychotic thriller Hard Candy to the sought after role of Kitty Pryde in the third film of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: The Last Stand. While doing the press rounds for Hard Candy, Page provided a little insight into how she got involved in X-Men: The Last Stand and the impact of being part of such a high profile project.
The Audition Process: Lots of young actresses were rumored to be in the running for the role of Kitty Pryde, including Maggie Grace from the hit TV series, Lost. But Page believes it was her performance in Hard Candy that won over director Brett Ratner and helped her land the role.
Page didn't have to audition for X-Men: The Last Stand. "No, I didnt actually," explained Page. "I actually hadnt worked in ages. After Hard Candy I took the year off and went back to Halifax where Im from and graduated from a wicked high school...and had a great year of just chillaxin [Page's word for a mix of chilling and relaxing] and being myself. Then I literally graduated high school, was like being a ridiculous teenager and then ended up getting the call. Brett Ratner ended up calling me because he saw Hard Candy and he really digs it. So he was like basically, 'Are you interested? Im going to bring you out.'"
The Transition from Hard Candy to X-Men: The Last Stand: "Well, its a huge transition," said Page. "There actually isnt a comparison. Theres no point in trying to compare the two. X-Men is massive, like nothing Ive ever experienced, but great in its own way. Im grateful for that."
The Appeal of Being Part of an X-Men Movie: Page said working on X-Men: The Last Stand was a unique experience. "Its different and you have to understand that its different. You have to look at it with a different perspective and know that one, yeah, its a little more action-orientated and the other is not so much. So in X-Men, yeah, I wear a leather suit and run through explosions. Who gets to do that? Its fun and Im grateful for it. I don't know. Its just about changing your perspective and its cool to do something thats the complete opposite, or something that you never thought youd be doing. Its kind of the only reason to do it."
X-Men: The Last Stand Reshoots: "I think they called once but I was so busy so they managed to... It was pretty short and they used the stunt double. Maybe I shouldnt be saying stuff like that..."
How Involved is Kitty Pryde in the Third X-Men Movie?: "Thats a good question. I actually havent seen the movie so as far as I know, I have no idea what just happened in the edit. Kittys involved more and has a bit of a subplot with a certain other mutant and well see. Its all fun. I get to fight in the end."
Page had so much fun she wouldn't mind revisiting the character a couple more times. Although it's rumored that X-Men: The Last Stand will be the last movie featuring the band of mutants, Page has signed on for more should the opportunity present itself. "Yeah, kind of," said Page, adding, "but it doesnt mean that theres going to be those films. Really I know as much as anyone else does on the planet."
[b]Fans Now Recognize Page from X-Men: The Last Stand: "Its really crazy to think that its happening already but it is and its really freaky. I was on like the streetcar in Toronto and someone came up to me. Then I was in a Borders in LA and it just- - yeah, it blows my mind but I don't know, Im not going to change because of it. I dont like think Im cool because Im an actor. If anything, it makes me more self-deprecating. So well see..."