Born on February 21, 1987 in Nova Scotia, Canada, Ellen Page is best known for her Oscar-nominated role in the 2007 film about teenage pregnancy Juno and other roles such as in Hard Candy and X-Men: The Last Stand as Kitty Pryde. She even made it to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list for 2008 and For Him Magazine’s Sexist Women in the World List where she placed 61st. The daughter of a teacher and a graphic designer, she attended Halifax Grammar School, then Queen Elizabeth High School after finally graduating from the Shambhala School in 2007. For two years, she was studied at the Interact Program at Vaughan Road Academy in Toronto, Ontario.
Ellen Page’s career started when she was 10, when she appeared in the TV movie Pit Pony, later on actually spawning a spin-off. Such led to a number of roles in mainly Canadian films and television series. For instance, she was cast in an independent film shot in Europe called Mouth to Mouth, and in the sophomore season of Trailer Park Boys.
Page’s portrayal in the 2005 psychological thriller Hard Candy was highly praised. A critic called it “one of the most complex, disturbing and haunting performances of the year.” In 2006, she was cast in the third and final installment to the X-Men series as Kitty Pryde. It was Juno, however, that would catapult Page to be the darling of the critics. She was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, eventually losing to Marion Cotillard, a French actress. The movie, which tackled the sensitive issue of teenage pregnancy, was also nominated for an Oscar.
Page’s next film Smart People premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was up for wide release on April of the same year. She hosted Saturday Night Live on March 1, 2008. She mentioned that she sleepwalks and hallucinates when she sleeps.