Bio / Info
Page began acting at age 10, appearing in the telefilm Pit Pony, which would later spin-off a television series. This led to roles in a number of small Canadian films and television series—notably playing Treena Lahey in Season 2 of Trailer Park Boys. At 16, she was cast in an independent film shot in Europe, Mouth to Mouth. Page starred in the 2005 movie Hard Candy, and gained praise for "one of the most complex, disturbing and haunting performances of the year". As the title-character star of Juno, Page garnered substantial praise; A. O. Scott of the New York Times noted her as being "frighteningly talented" and Roger Ebert said, "Has there been a better performance this year than Ellen Page's creation of Juno? I don't think so". Page was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Juno, but lost to Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose. Page next starred in Smart People, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and received a wide release on April 11, 2008. Page has roles in three films unreleased as of January 2008: An American Crime, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival; The Tracey Fragments, which is scheduled for a U.S. release in early 2008; and The Stone Angel. Page is also attached to star in Peter Stebbings' The Defender as well as Jack and Diane opposite Olivia Thirlby, with whom she co-starred in Juno. In 2008, Page will star in Michael Lander's Peacock, opposite Cillian Murphy, Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman and Josh Lucas. She will also star in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut, Whip It! starring along side Juliette Lewis, Marcia Gay Harden, Drew Barrymore and Kristin Wiig. In the fall of 2008, Page will begin shooting an adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, playing the title character. Page hosted Saturday Night Live on March 1, 2008 with musical guest Wilco (special appearances by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Rudolph Giuliani and Vincent D'Onofrio.) For her traditional opening monologue, she poked fun at the dialogue of the movie Juno with cast member Andy Samberg, who impersonated Juno screenwriter Diablo Cody. Page's SNL characters included Miley Cyrus, Peter Pan, Virginia Hastings' stepdaughter, and a young woman named Marty who realizes she is a lesbian after attending a Melissa Etheridge concert.