By Melissa Unger
Ellen Page turns 27 today! The Canadian actress who is best known for her Oscar-nominated performance as a pregnant teenager in 2007’s “Juno,” is a talented thespian, yet she never seems to take herself too seriously. Causes, on the other hand? She takes those VERY seriously.Surprisingly given her Hollywood A-lister status, she still prefers to make small indie flicks. But unlike her movies’ small indie budgets, Ellen is never one to shy away from big controversial issues and uncommon do-gooder causes. Here are 5 reasons to love her if you don’t already.
+She Fights Poverty & Hunger Via Lunchboxes
According DoSomething.org, Ellen and other celebs designed unique nostalgic tin lunchboxes for an auction to benefit the Food Bank for New York City and the Lunchbox Fund of South Africa. What we hear is that Ellen personalized her lunchbox by stuffing it with a plush toy lobster. The Food Bank for New York City works to deliver more than 250,000 meals throughout the five boroughs of New York. Likewise, The Lunchbox Fund helps underprivileged children in South Africa with meals.
+She Stand Up for Human Rights
In 2008, Ellen joined the US Campaign for Burma: It Can’t Wait. She helped spread the word about Myanmar’s dictator, Senior Gen. Than Shwe through a Human Rights PSA. In the video, Ellen introduces Myanmar’s dictator as the new Hitler and gives his long list of war crimes. Check out her video below.
+ She Champions Healthy Food in Schools
Do Something.org shared that Ellen has teamed up with TakePart, a social action network, in the past. She made a video to spread the word on how young people can get healthier foods into their schools. Ellen also suggested growing organic food at school and other ideas.
+She Is Not Afraid to Be a Feminist
Last year, Ellen told The Guardian Newspaper, “I don’t know why people are so reluctant to say they’re feminists. Maybe some women just don’t care. But how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word?” She also commented to the British paper that she is upset that schools scarcely teach about female authors other than Britain’s own novelist Jane Austen. She added, “Feminism always gets associated with being a radical movement – good. It should be. A lot of what the radical feminists [in the 1970s] were saying, I don’t disagree with it.”
Commenting on the Plan B birth control, she tweeted:
So u r super mad about a 15 yr old girl being able to prevent pregnancy BUT you want everyone to have guns no questions asked? U funny!
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) May 3, 2013
+ She Is Not Afraid to Be Herself
Best of all, she is comfortable being herself and encourages others to do the same. Just this week, while at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to THRIVE conference in Las Vegas, Ellen announced “I am here today because I am gay.” She said that her decision to going public with her sexuality came out of her need to make a “difference to help others have an easier and more hopeful time.” She added, “I also do it selfishly because I’m tired of hiding and I’m tired of lying by omission.” Check out the awesome video of coming out and being proud.
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