Ellen Page: I felt awkward around gay people before I came out

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Ellen Page has said she felt ‘awkward’ around gay people before she came out publicly.

The Juno star revealed in February that she was gay, and said she was ‘tired of lying by omission’ about her sexuality.

She told Flare Magazine today: “You think you’re in a place where you’re all, ‘I’m thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don’t feel shame about being gay,’ but you actually do.

“You’re just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself.

“The more time went by, the more something just happened, and, Oh my god — I want to love someone freely and walk down the street and hold my girlfriend’s hand.

“I felt happy and confident and the difference was huge.

“I feel more creatively inspired than I have in years. And I’m sure it has to do with a lot of bricks being taken out of the backpack.”

She also spoke out against people who said she didn’t need to come out, saying: ” “You hear things like, ‘People shouldn’t know about your life because you’re creating an illusion on-screen’.

“But I don’t see other actresses going to great lengths to hide their heterosexuality. That’s an unfair double standard.”

Last month, the actress responded to an anti-gay pastor who warned her that her soul was struggling by saying she’d prefer “the arms of a girl” to “the arms of the Heavenly Father”.