Los Angeles - Ellen Page, who won the hearts of movie goers as the pregnant teenager in the 2007 film Juno, has come out as gay.
The 26-year-old told a Las Vegas audience on Friday, "I'm here today because I am gay." She was speaking to a conference of counsellors who work with teenagers who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual or queer.
A video of her speech was posted on the Los Angeles Times website.
Page says she suffered for years because she was afraid to come out. She told the audience, "I'm standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain."
Page received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Juno.
She also had major roles in X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006 and Inception in 2010.
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