Ellen Page Speech: Accept Yourself

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Ellen Page Speech: Accept Yourself

Learn English with Ellen Page. The Oscar-nominated star of ‘Juno’ came out in a wonderful, honest, and heartrending speech at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Time To THRIVE conference. Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page is a Canadian actress and producer. Her career began with roles in television shows such as Pit Pony, Trailer Park Boys, and ReGenesis. Page starred in the film Hard Candy, for which she won the Austin Film Critics Association’s Award for Best Actress. Enjoy our Speeches with subtitles, and keep your English learning journey.


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“Loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves.” Ellen Page

Ellen Page – FULL TRANSCRIPT:

“It’s such an honor to be here at the inaugural Time to THRIVE conference. But it’s a little weird, too. Here I am, in this room because of an organization whose work I deeply admire. And I’m surrounded by people who make it their life’s work to make other people’s lives better — profoundly better. Some of you teach young people. Some of you help young people heal and to find their voice. Some of you listen. Some of you take action. Some of you are young people yourselves… in which case, it’s even weirder for a person like me to be speaking to you.

It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing — at least in some sense — an industry that places crushing standards on all of us. Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me. You have ideas planted in your head, thoughts you never had before, that tell you how you have to act, how you have to dress and who you have to be. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard.

But that’s why I’m here. In this room, all of you, all of us, can do so much more together than any one person can do alone. And I hope that thought bolsters you as much as it does me. I hope the workshops you’ll go to over the next few days give you strength. Because I can only imagine that there are days — when you’ve worked longer hours than your boss realizes or cares about, just to help a kid who you know can make it. Days where you feel completely alone. Undermined. Or hopeless.

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