Ellen Page has responded to Matt Damon’s controversial comments on actors staying in the closet, saying he “doesn’t have a point”.
In an interview with the Observer , Matt talked about how coming out may have harmed fellow actor Rupert Everett’s career.
He told journalist Elizabeth Day: ” I don’t want to, like [imply] it’s some sort of disease – then it’s like I’m throwing my friends under the bus. But at the time, I remember thinking and saying, Rupert Everett was openly gay and this guy – more handsome than anybody, a classically trained actor – it’s tough to make the argument that he didn’t take a hit for being out.”
In response, Ellen told Metro Weekly: “He doesn’t have a point because he related it to sexuality. Heterosexual actors and actresses do not have to go to great lengths to hide their sexuality.
“Yes, of course, keep your private life private. Protect yourself. Have boundaries. When you’re a public person, you need to think about your safety.
“But if it’s in relation to sexuality, then no — that’s an unfair double standard. Heterosexual people walk down the red carpet with their partners all the time, they talk about their children…”
Matt appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show shortly afterwards, to clarify what he was talking about: “I was just trying to say actors are more effective when they’re a mystery. Right?”
Ellen is starring alongside Julianne Moore in her new film Freeheld, which she previously cited as the reason she decided to come out earlier this year.
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