Ellen Page will receive the National Vanguard Award at the upcoming Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner on Saturday in Washington.
“It’s a complete honor. I feel incredibly humbled,” Page told “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Thursday.
The 28-year-old actress came out as gay last year at HRC’s “Time to Thrive” conference. The commission said her bravery and sincerity has helped set a “powerful example for the LGBT and allied community around the world.”
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Page said she’s grateful to be associated with the organization.
“They’re an incredible organization,” she said, crediting "many activists who’ve created a world in society where I can be out and live my life and that’s something to not take for granted.”
Page said she would have to give a speech at the dinner, where Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address.
“Are you nervous about giving a speech?” Meyers asked.
“I think people think actors maybe are more comfortable in those situations. I think I can pretend I’m more comfortable, but I definitely get nervous.”
Meyers gave her some advice on how to surprise the audience, given her humbled demeanor.
“You should take the mic and say ‘A lot of you said I could never do this,’” he suggested, telling her she should stare down and point to at least one member of the audience.
“Seth, I’m liking it,” she said. “Making a call right now.”