It was around that time, at around 14 or 15, that she "really started solidly thinking" about the fact that she actually might be gay.
Not quite accepting her blossoming same-sex attraction, she tried in vain to date boys. I don't get it at all.' " But there wasn't much time for dating in those hungry early days: "I worked and worked and worked. I was like on fire." She left home in 2005 and moved to Toronto to enroll in the Interact program at Vaughan Road Academy -- the same arts school that produced Drake and Alison Pill -- where Michael Alex, her former social sciences teacher, remembers her as being a "humble, curious and intelligent" student.
She also proves disarmingly open about her years-long battle with depression. "And obviously that's a very personal thing to say, but I say it to encourage whatever other people are feeling. No more." In 2014, as roadblocks to same-sex marriage topple throughout the country and such gay-friendly shows as proliferate, the prospect of another celebrity coming-out story might not seem all that remarkable.
But there's another way of looking at it: that Page's secret was what was holding her back all along and that she now is poised for a midcareer renaissance.
With , a lesbian drama she's been trying to get off the ground for nearly six years) and, perhaps most intriguingly, a potential studio action franchise on the horizon, there's certainly something about Ellen Page wafting through the air these days that wasn't before.
"She knew what she didn't want, which is a media tour.
She didn't want it to be the ' show I'm Gay story,'" explains Bush, who arranged for a consultation with her friend Chad Griffin, president of influential LGBT lobbying group the Human Rights Campaign.
She still bristles at the memory of the "neuroses of keeping it quiet and always thinking about it and thinking about when you're staying in the hotel and when you're leaving the hotel.