Ellen Page starring in 'Freeheld': The role that finally separates her from 'Juno'?

ellen-pageImage Credit: Glenn Harris/PR PhotosEllen Page’s star first fell on Hollywood’s map when the young actress starred as a vengeful teen in 2005’s Hard Candy. Then came a role as mutant Kitty Pryde in 2006’s superhero blockbuster X-Men: The Last Stand. But, of course, once 2007 rolled along, most theater-going folks associated Page with Juno MacGuff, the plucky, pregnant teen from Juno that stole America’s hearts — and won Page an Oscar nomination.

Fast-forward three years later, and Page still has yet to play a role that has audiences reaching for their hamburger phones. She was predictably precocious in Smart People, and perfectly charming in Drew Barrymore’s underrated directorial debut Whip It. But neither of those films (nor the direct-to-DVD disappointment Peacock) hit hard enough to get people talking — or allowed audiences to separate her from her SunnyD-swigging alter ego. But I’m guessing things might change with this latest bit of casting news: Yesterday, the Hollywood Reporter reported that Page was set to star in a feature adaptation of Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning short documentary Freeheld, which, according to THR, centers on “New Jersey car mechanic Stacie Andree, who’ll be played by Page, and her police detective girlfriend Laurel Hester, who both battled to secure Hester’s pension benefits after she was diagnosed with a terminal illness.”

Putting aside the fact that this new film will no doubt fuel chatter about Page’s rumored sexuality, Freeheld could give Page the performance she needs to transcend Juno. (And it doesn’t hurt that the film will encourage some necessary political debate.) What’s more, since the documentary is already an Academy Award-winner, it’s only natural that Oscar will have his golden eye on Page’s performance, right? Page’s career should also get a boost as early as this summer, when she stars in Christopher Nolan’s Inception. But I think it’s more likely that folks will walk away talking less about Page, and more about…whatever the heck that movie’s about.

So is Page’s decision to star in Freeheld a wise one? (And are you as interested in the film as I am?) Or will Page always be Juno to you?

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  • Melly B

    I think Ellen Page is a great actress and I can’t wait to see her in something else. Also, her character’s name in “Juno” was Juno MacGuff, not MacGruff.

    • Ceballos

      Ha! I didn’t catch that typo.

      I just pictured Juno MacGruff taking a (snarky/ironic) bite out of crime.

      • Melly B

        Haha, yeah. I was going to make a joke about MacGruff the Crime Dog, but couldn’t think of anything witty enough. So nice job :)

      • Stephanie T.


  • sparkle the gym bag

    it’s called “acting” page has spoken repeatedly (about 8 different youtube videos)about the “guys” she has been with cool if she is bi tho that would be hot

  • Becky

    My jaw dropped when I read this–but in a good way. Can’t wait to see how she does with this!

  • Joey

    I think Ellen Page is the actress of her generation. She will be awesome. When I saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I thought that the only person who could effectively play the lead in an American remake is Ellen Page.

    • Sam

      Eh, I doubt that – she has the same performance in each of her roles. Physically speaking, she looks odd – her head is far too big for her body

      • Bubbles

        If you’ve ever seen Mel Gibson or Tom Cruise or even Lara Linney, you know that a giant head on a small body is not only normal in Hollywood, it’s a prerequisite. Also in pron films, because if your body is small but well built, your junk looks bigger in relation.

    • JAG

      I couldn’t agree with you more. I just started reading the book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and when I read the description of Lisbeth Stander I quickly thought of Page playing the part. She is wonderful

  • Celia

    Ellen Page is AMAZING! I love her!
    I think Whip It was the role to separate her from Juno. She’s a great actress who does a brilliant job of bringing all her characters to life. They’re all different. She hardly ever plays the same role (X-Men, Hard Candy, etc.). I can’t wait to see her in Inception, Freehold, and hopefully The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I think she would be the perfect Lisbeth Salander.

  • California

    Hard Candy was an amazing, disturbing, creepy, horrific movie. I was riveted the entire time. She was amazing in it.

  • Madd

    I’m looking forward to see how she does in Inception.
    I’m disappointed she lost the Jane Eyre role to Mia Wasilkowska, who I found to be quite bland in Alice in Wonderland.

  • RoyBatty

    Officer Juno MacGruff takes a bite outta crime!!

  • Dave

    Ellen is so good in every role I’ve seen her perform that I mainly think of her as “Ellen Page, soon-to-be Oscar winner.” And I like that she’s got a little sexual ambiguity going on there, if for no other reason than it means she likes aspects of her private life to remain, well, private. In a nutshell, she’s real and she’s spectacular!

  • jt

    Whip It was such as terrible movie.

    • Bubbles

      I really liked it. (on DVD)

  • LBoogie

    is it “freehold” or “freeheld”? you spelled it both ways. i grew up near freehold, new jersey so maybe it’s named after the town?

    • Edw

      It’s actually “Freeheld” and has nothing to do with Freehold. It’s a play on words for “freeholder” which is the term for the county board members in NJ who denied benefits to Stacie.

      • LBoogie

        thank you!

  • Chris

    She has done roles that have separated her from “Juno”.

    Have any of you seen “The Tracey Fragments”? “An American Crime”? She’s not at all like Juno in these movies.

    • M

      I was also going to bring up An American Crime…I can’t believe it wasn’t mentioned in this article!

  • Cal

    Ellen puts her heart
    into every perfomance.

  • vinay

    I have to agree that ellen would be great as the lead in ” the girl in the dragon tatoo”
    if anyone saw her in “hard candy “as the psychotic teen and the goth rebel in “mouth to mouth” you would realise that she would fit into character easily
    Theres talk that Carey Mulligan is to play Lisbeth Stander, but shes got a too sweet face to be a hard-ass

  • Sean

    I still picture here as the adorable but psycotic 14 year old. It is, simply put, the greatest movie ever made.

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