Media darling Page plays uptight smart-mouth in star-studded film|
by Matthew B. Zeidman, published on Monday, March 31st, 2008
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 3/31/08 Just as it seemed Ellen Page fever had run its course, the Juno superstar is getting ready to endear herself to theater audiences all over again with a supporting role in next months ensemble piece, Smart People.
Appearing alongside Hollywood staples Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church, Page has put a spin on her last performance, trading in orange-striped T-shirts and blue jeans for stockings and knit sweaters. Her character will still be tough, outspoken and in high school, but unlike the laid-back hipster the 21-year-old brought to life in her last film, Pages character, Vanessa, will be the quintessential conservative, who will be forced to re-examine her relationship with her historically distant father (Quaid) throughout the course of the film.
While Vanessa is decidedly different from Juno, Pages truly stark departure from her media-imposed pigeon hole may be lurking around the next corner. She is set to star in Jack and Diane, in which she will play a teenage lesbian who has disturbing dreams about transforming into a lycanthrope after she becomes enamored with another woman. Ironically, her paramour in the unconventionally plotted film will be Olivia Thirlby, her supportive best friend from none other than Juno.