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Ellen Page on Strong Female Characters and Feminist Porn

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by Kerensa Cadenas
June 27, 2013 11:00 AM
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In a Reddit AMA, Ellen Page answered questions from fans on numerous subjects including finding female roles in Hollywood. Page's latest role is in The East, about an anarchist group, which is co-written by Brit Marling.

Page mentions the lack of roles for women in Hollywood and how that fuels her to find complex parts.

Considering there are so few roles for women and the roles that do exist can be so narrow in their idea of what a woman can be, it is extremely important to me to be involved with projects where the girl is in charge of her own destiny and is honest and well written.

She was also asked about her thoughts on the feminist porn movement.

I think we are in a very scary time right now. The rhetoric from the right wing is terrifying to me. I think feminist porn is crucial. To only have porn from the male perspective is damaging. Women are sexual creatures, as much as men and that needs to be embraced.

Page joins the growing number of actresses speaking out about the lack of roles for women in Hollywood. Hopefully, their continued speaking out gets notice from the industry. And with the previous news that Page will be soon making her directorial debut, we know she'll be creating more opportunities for great female roles out there. 

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2 Comments

  • tehtruthhurts | June 27, 2013 8:06 PMReply

    who ever has the most original story wins. both genders - who have already made it inside Hollywood - have flunked out of being good at this a long time ago. it isn't about creativity, it's about cash. you bring in money? you can tell whatever story you want.

  • Laura Kelber | June 27, 2013 6:04 PMReply

    How can feminist screenwriters get their screenplays read by actresses looking for strong female roles, when it's impossible for an unproduced screenwriter to get past their agents and managers? And producers are unwilling to consider screenplays that don't play to male audiences, so its difficult to become a produced screenwriter, if you write intelligent, feminist scripts.

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