Ellen Page swung by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night to promote her new Netflix show The Umbrella Academy. But the ostensible purpose of her visit was barely mentioned; instead, Page used Colbert's questions about climate change and Hollywood's treatment of the LGBTQ community to get real. "We need to be talking about [the impact of climate change] on the most marginalized people," Page told Colbert. "It's really serious. We've been told that by 2030 the world as we know it, that's it. That's it."
As Colbert held up a photo of Page and her wife Emma Portner, Page cited the recent hate crime beating of Empire actor Jussie Smollett, and called out President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for promoting a homophobic, anti-gay agenda. "Connect the dots," Page said. "This is what happens. If you are in a position of power and you hate people, and you want to cause suffering for them, you go through the trouble, you spend your career trying to cause suffering, what do you think is going to happen? Kids are going to be abused, and they’re going to kill themselves. And people are going to be beaten in the street. I have traveled the world and I have met the most marginalized people you can meet. I am lucky to have this time and this privilege to say this: This needs to fucking stop."
Since coming out in 2014, Page has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ rights and climate justice. Her documentary show Gaycation took viewers around the world to explore how LGBTQ communities face hatred and adversity in hostile cultures.
A "solidarity rally for Jussie Smollett" is planned for tonight (Friday) at Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan (corner of 59th Street and 5th Avenue) starting at 5 p.m. Details here.