Ellen Page on Juno: The RT Interview

RT has an impromptu chat with the rising star.

by | December 6, 2007 | Comments

Canadian actress Ellen Page is an anomaly in Hollywood. The 20-year-old star
of this week’s Juno
has been in movies since the age of 10, has the face of a 14-year-old and the
pop culture-savvy soul of a Gen-Xer. Although you might know her best as the
mutant superhero Kitty Pryde in
X-Men: The
Last Stand
, or from her breakout role as a seemingly innocuous young
girl in 2005’s independent thriller
Hard Candy
, Page
truly balances the mainstream and art house sets with her latest role in Juno.

Arguably this year’s
Little Miss
Sunshine
(albeit with a healthy injection of razor-sharp wit and
references that fly faster and more furious than in an episode of

Gilmore Girls
), the
Jason Reitman-directed
flick, scripted by firebrand newbie scribe
Diablo
Cody
, is a sweet ‘n sassy film about teenage pregnancy that has earned
overwhelming praise from critics since its debut at the Telluride Film Festival
in September.

As the titular teen — a Patti Smith-worshipping, lingo-slinging,
socially-rebellious tomboy accidentally impregnated by her best friend — Page
is utterly believable as a 15-year-old old soul, not completely unlike how she
seems in real life. RT slipped into a booth with her at Fox Searchlight’s
Toronto Film Festival bash for a great chat about movies, Canadian boys, and
music that we both love.

So, critics love Juno (to the tune of a 92 percent Certified Fresh
Tomatometer rating)! It’s got quirky characters, but they’re all grounded in
reality and relatable.

Ellen Page: I think it’s from a variety of things — I think it’s from an
amazing script, and a wonderful director, Jason Reitman, who creates such a good
tone. He doesn’t want it to be contrived and over-the-top. When you have such a
good script, you don’t want to force it. You just want to sit with it, and
figure out where the hearts of the characters are and just dive into that, you
know? Just be easy with it.


Did you know immediately when you read the script that you wanted to play
Juno?

EP: I read the script a couple years ago — it was one of those things
that takes time [to get off the ground] — and I fell in love then, but it kind
of just dwindled away, didn’t have money, so on and so forth. And then it came
back around again, and I got excited all over again, and the next thing I knew
— here I am! It’s insane!

Juno herself is a bit of a pop culture junkie. What kinds of movies do you
like?

EP: All kinds…I love everything.
The 400 Blows
is
one of my favorite movies, and when I think of new cinema I love
Lynne Ramsay
— I love Ratcatcher
and Morvern Callar.
I love all kinds of movies though. What did I see the other day that was
awesome? My
Summer of Love
.

Do you tend to see movies that are more in line with the kind of movie you’d
like to make?

EP: It’s funny, sometimes I see movies and I get almost angry — because
I’m like, I can never make that movie. It stems from a jealousy, but from a good
kind of jealousy. Do you know what I mean? It’s inspirational.

But no, I love all kinds of movies! I love horror, to a certain extent. And
comedy — I saw Superbad
the other day! I thought it was awesome.

Michael Cera
is awesome in that! And I love
Jonah Hill

EP: Yeah, he’s great too. He came up and visited Michael when we were in
Vancouver. They are just so funny together. But I love Michael. Seriously, I
can’t say enough good things about the guy. He’s super sweet. He’s one of the
nicest people I’ve ever met. And he’s a teenage boy!

Is he nice because he’s Canadian?

EP: [Smiling] I’ve met some mean teenage boys that were from Canada.

You had more than one movie at Toronto.

EP: Well, there’s this, and there’s [The
Tracey Fragments
] that I shot before Juno, which is, like, a
small, crazy Canadian movie directed by
Bruce McDonald,
who is an awesome Canadian director. It’s much more dark and edgy, and
heart-wrenching than Juno. And then the other film is Stone Angel,
that Ellen Burstyn stars in; I’m really not in that film much, it was just an
honor to be a part of — it’s a novel that’s been a Canadian legacy. And Kevin
Zegers from Transamerica and I kind of did a cameo thing.


Considering the independent films and dramatic roles you’ve chosen, was
X-Men
a completely different experience?

EP: It is totally different, but it’s just a different kind of movie. You
can’t really compare it to this kind of filmmaking. It’s a lot of… you know,
and then you’re wearing leather suits and running through fire, which is super
cool, but there’s a lot of waiting around and it’s not really about the same
things. It’s about other things. It’s as simple as that.

Juno has a great soundtrack — Belle and Sebastian, Sonic Youth, The
Moldy Peaches, etc. Do you share Juno’s taste in music?

EP: I know this is going to sound annoying, but I love all kinds. Lately
I’ve been listening to CocoRosie’s new album. I just saw them live in Vienna,
which was amazing. New Young Pony Club, their new album…I don’t know what it
is about them, but it almost give me a sugar rush and I get really turned on, to
be honest.

And I’m a huge Moldy Peaches fan; the second time Jason and I met, I was in his
office and he said, "What do you think Juno would listen to?" And I said, "Oh,
the Moldy Peaches!" I went on his computer, played him the Moldy Peaches, and
next thing you know — it’s in the film. Who should have a soundtrack credit?
Me.

I’m a Cat Power fan–

That Cat Power song in Juno, "Sea of Love," makes me cry!

EP: Have you heard her cover album? Oh my God. That is always in high
rotation! Oh, and I’m a massive Patti Smith fan.

So is Juno! Did that translate to her character from you?

EP: Yes!

I love Juno’s taste in music, and how it informs the dynamic between Jason
Bateman’s character and her in terms of the kind of music they like. It rings so
true.

EP: Well, I’m really passionate about music — I get really emotionally
connected, probably in a weird way. But I’ll play characters and I’ll create a
playlist and now, certain songs are hard for me to listen to. Yeah, I think I
get way too emotionally connected to music…

Juno’s traveled around the festival circuit all year building this great
buzz. What’s your normal life like, compared to this?

EP: Completely different! I go, like, camping every weekend.

Juno is now in limited release and will be expanding December 14.

Tag Cloud

Red Carpet Mudbound spain politics cars YouTube Lionsgate Comedy Elton John Trivia Crackle witnail TCA 2017 unscripted Rocketman The Arrangement dragons nature comics Nickelodeon VICE romance Winners romantic comedy National Geographic Star Trek 2015 singing competition ratings elevated horror Holiday south america finale Year in Review OWN Rocky Mystery Countdown Fox News Musicals casting Spectrum Originals what to watch Christmas DC streaming service mutant A24 Holidays talk show Fall TV TV Land dramedy facebook Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt teaser transformers Schedule disaster CNN Food Network WGN 71st Emmy Awards quibi RT History Watching Series 20th Century Fox cults children's TV 2017 Esquire crime television Marvel Studios natural history strong female leads Universal YouTube Premium cops CW Seed binge Peacock award winner Music TCM Sony Pictures hist BBC America comic DGA Tubi adaptation Cannes Animation APB slashers Superheroes Starz Disney Disney Plus TLC Mary Tyler Moore joker ghosts sequel PaleyFest based on movie latino tv talk green book LGBTQ Classic Film Masterpiece Binge Guide directors Cartoon Network Quiz Mary poppins Hulu Comedy Central NBC Pop anthology serial killer YA movies renewed TV shows The Purge golden globes Showtime werewolf TCA Academy Awards CMT Adult Swim Trailer New York Comic Con zero dark thirty Marvel zombies E! social media MCU TV renewals Spike versus Chernobyl Box Office Epix justice league Interview FX spinoff AMC The Witch 2020 hispanic true crime ABC Family Comics on TV blockbuster sag awards Cosplay game of thrones 2018 ABC science fiction Paramount Network Apple TV Plus Logo harry potter Sundance SDCC sports MTV Women's History Month Thanksgiving Grammys Toys Calendar Sci-Fi Song of Ice and Fire TNT IFC Films Mindy Kaling halloween Valentine's Day screenings Britbox Awards docudrama Fantasy batman book PBS Amazon Prime Sneak Peek richard e. Grant cancelled television Paramount free movies El Rey Superheroe Freeform Shondaland Rock Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Pet Sematary christmas movies composers Apple TV+ Heroines Pride Month Photos VH1 First Reviews The Walking Dead Dark Horse Comics Warner Bros. FXX Film Festival DirecTV OneApp HBO kids thriller TCA Winter 2020 Hallmark Awards Tour spanish language American Society of Cinematographers psycho Television Academy SXSW toy story cancelled TV shows Sundance Now 2016 jamie lee curtis spy thriller anime The CW Disney streaming service Netflix CBS canceled Arrowverse Marathons Mary Poppins Returns Columbia Pictures name the review Super Bowl Turner Pixar HBO Max X-Men LGBT Premiere Dates TIFF Amazon technology Ghostbusters BBC Trophy Talk 45 Summer Black Mirror streaming Avengers Winter TV USA political drama Election crime thriller screen actors guild Western Comic Book Disney+ Disney Plus BET IFC aliens cartoon crime drama GIFs Musical blaxploitation series indie travel spider-man Spring TV dceu Horror Sundance TV GoT game show Syfy Character Guide President Walt Disney Pictures dc Shudder Discovery Channel revenge Kids & Family Oscars Emmy Nominations biography Writers Guild of America E3 Drama Set visit war canceled TV shows miniseries cancelled History reboot TruTV Martial Arts First Look Best and Worst Captain marvel 007 GLAAD Turner Classic Movies Lifetime Christmas movies Ellie Kemper adventure USA Network comiccon Video Games FOX Creative Arts Emmys cooking rotten movies we love Star Wars cats WarnerMedia Tomatazos historical drama independent Tumblr stand-up comedy 24 frames Nat Geo space Vudu theme song 21st Century Fox sitcom animated Country Tarantino A&E SundanceTV Extras Acorn TV medical drama DC Universe Podcast Biopics Stephen King Reality mockumentary boxoffice DC Comics discovery diversity TV robots zombie Family psychological thriller Opinion Teen video Lifetime Film vampires ESPN Marvel Television Action foreign Brie Larson MSNBC RT21 Reality Competition Pirates Nominations Crunchyroll Hallmark Christmas movies breaking bad crossover period drama Disney Channel Infographic Certified Fresh cancelled TV series Anna Paquin YouTube Red Apple 2019 Polls and Games cinemax Amazon Prime Video Emmys supernatural San Diego Comic-Con Ovation Rom-Com CBS All Access Lucasfilm NYCC ITV See It Skip It TBS doctor who police drama Bravo festivals Netflix Christmas movies Endgame