Ellen Page: Not admitting I was gay caused 'a tremendous amount of shame'


On Thursday (May 1), actress Ellen Page visits "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," and in this sneak peek clip, she talks about her recent coming of the closet. It's an emotional conversation for Page and DeGeneres, who came out herself a number of years ago.

When asked how nervous she was, Page says, "The most nervous I've ever been in my life, for sure. ... [But] it was a combination of just such thrill to finally be at that place in my life where I was able to do that. And grateful to have that moment and grateful to you because you did it at a time where it was much harder and much scarier.

"I knew I would be a happier person," she continues. "I knew that I was gonna feel better and I did not anticipate just how happy I would feel in just every aspect of my life. Just an ease and a comfort and it's really been quite extraordinary to feel just the shift. It was pretty much overnight."

DeGeneres agrees that it's like a weight has been lifted because you're releasing the shame and adds, "Anyone -- it doesn't matter what it is, what you're carrying around that's your secret. Everyone has something that you're carrying around that you're ashamed of and to carry shame around is a ... it's a horrible thing to be ashamed of yourself."

She also praises Page for being another role model for kids who might be scared to come out. "You're another face that someone has hope for because there's a lot of teenagers out there ... that are getting bullied every day or taking their own lives because they can't handle it and so it's a really cool thing."

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