Almost two years after coming out as gay in a speech at the Human Rights Campaign’s “Time to THRIVE” conference, Ellen Page has gone public with a new girlfriend, walking the red carpet with her at the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Freeheld.
According to ET Canada, Page’s girlfriend is Samantha Thomas. The actress spoke about how important it personally was to be able to walk the red carpet with her. “I’m in love. Walking down the carpet holding my girlfriend’s hand is pretty special,” she says.
It’s especially fitting given Freeheld’s subject matter. Page stars with Julianne Moore in the movie about a woman diagnosed with terminal cancer who fights to pass her pension benefits onto her same-sex domestic partner. Page, who also produced the movie, told Out Magazine about how making the movie pushed her to come out: “I remember thinking, Ellen, how in God’s name could you make this film and not be out?”
Pictures of Page and Thomas in coordinated tuxedo ensembles surfaced on social media as well. Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose posted a snap of herself with the newly public couple, and Page herself posted a photo of herself with Thomas and other members of her entourage before the premiere.