EXCLUSIVE: Ellen Page on Orlando: 'It Is Beautiful to See People Unite in Such an Incredible Way'
By Stacy Lambe
“Right now, I’m feeling pretty devastated,” Ellen Page told
ET as she promoted Into the Forest,
one of two new films -- the other being Tallulah
on Netflix -- released in late July. The actress had just returned from a trip
to Orlando, Florida, where a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub on June
12. It is the worst mass shooting in American history and the worst act of
violence against the LGBTQ community.
Page was in Orlando to film a special episode of Gaycation, the Emmy-nominated
docu-series that sees the actress and her best friend, Ian Daniel, travel the
world on a personal journey to explore LGBTQ culture.
Focused on the aftermath of the shooting, the episode
features interviews with survivors as well as friends and families of the
victims struggling to find a way to move forward. But not all hope is lost, as the
community comes together in unexpected ways. In the teaser, Page is seen
overcome with tears as she and Daniel sit down with individuals impacted by the
“Being in Orlando, it is beautiful to see people unite in
such an incredible way,” Page said, still emotional about the experience. “It
just makes me so sad that something like this has to happen for that to happen. It just makes me sad
that it's not a given to give equal rights to everyone. Hopefully this will help
the conversation move forward but I wish it didn't take things like this
Orlando will air on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 10 p.m. ET on Viceland, two weeks
before the series returns on Sept. 7 with season two.