Time isn’t always a healer
Juno is still revered today for its punchy, low-key comedy and quirky portrayal of young love and teenage pregancy.
The film is also what launched Ellen Page’s career to the heights it is today. But there’s one line that still irks the actress even now. Page came out as gay in 2014 and has since been the face of much media LGBTQ activism. She has championed diversity and tolerance within the film industry.
That’s why this particular piece of scripting in Juno plays on her mind. In an interview with Bustle, Page told interviewer Kadeen Griffiths that she failed to recognise the error in the moment Juno says the name ‘Madison’ sounds a ‘little gay’ for her baby.
‘It wasn’t something I totally registered at the time, but, of course, now that I’m older I do,’ she said. ‘So many movies I loved as a kid are just rampant with homophobia and transphobia and biphobia, and I’m not excusing it by any means.’
Although older films and programming are often forgiven for making clumsy references to being homosexual or non-binary, Page thinks Hollywood hasn’t come as far as it thinks. ‘There’s always that conversation that it’s changing, but sometimes I’m like “is it?”’ she explained. ‘I think Hollywood can love to think of itself as the most progressive force, but…it’s not always that way.
‘I think the holdup is fear and people don’t want to take risks. They want to make money. And there’s a lack of people [of color] hired in every single aspect of the film industry. It really hurts the industry and it really hurts film. We need more stories. We need more representation. We need more points of view.’
Read the full interview at Bustle.