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Ellen Page: Straight Actors Who Portray LGBT Characters Shouldn't Be Called 'Brave'

The actress says it's "borderline offensive" to the LGBT community.

If you think that it's "brave" for a straight actor to portray a homosexual character onscreen, think again.

Ellen Page is ready to put to rest all those notions that playing an LGBT character is a dangerous move in an actor's career once and for all.

Speaking to TIME Magazine, Page said that when people call straight actors courageous for becoming a gay character for a film or TV show it's "borderline offensive" to the LGBT community.

Page -- an openly gay actress herself who portrays one-half of a lesbian couple in "Freeheld" opposite Julianne Moore -- explained why such a characterization is inherently insulting by way of contrast: "I'm never going to be considered brave for playing a straight person, and nor should I be," she said.

Of course, Page also takes issue with the idea of calling any actor "brave" for their work because, in her truthbomb-y words, "our job is to read something on a page." Well played, EP. Well played.

In other news, Elly P's pretty happy with the growing level of diversity in entertainment that's been cropping up lately -- and what it could mean for the future of the biz.

"It's evident from what people are watching on television that people want diversity. They want it," said Page. "Whether they consciously know it or not, I'm not sure, but look at 'Orange Is the New Black.' You're seeing actors that, if that show didn't exist, we might not have ever seen -- that are extraordinary."

This trend makes Page "excited," she said, "because the whole reason to go to a film is to disappear into another world, and to have your humanity connect with someone else's, who you might not ever meet in your life!"

"To be moved and have more compassion, that's the wonderful thing all art can do, and particularly film!" she added.

For Page, this goes well beyond a celebration of the LGBT community, too. "I want to see gay stories, of course, because I'm gay, and I want to connect to a reflection of my life on film," she said, "but I also want to see what it's like to be a young Native person, African-American, African-Canadian. Hopefully that will keep changing."