People Staff
February 04, 2008 12:00 PM

If Ellen Page had her way, her first trip down Oscar’s red carpet would be in something swan-like—as in the feathered frock that Björk worked at the ’01 Oscars. “I love the swan outfit—that’s the greatest moment of fashion history!” says Page, who just scored a Best Actress nod for her work in Juno. Alas, “I’m definitely not cool enough to pull off the swan.”

Don’t be fooled by the charmingly Canadian self-deprecation. (She’s from Halifax, where her dad is a graphic designer and her mom a teacher.) Page, who turns 21 on Feb. 21, is the epitome of cool in young Hollywood. As the pregnant teen Juno in the box-office hit, she won over audiences and critics alike; in person, she doesn’t disappoint. There’s her artsy taste in movies (“I bawl in Harold and Maude“), her unfussy taste in footwear (sneakers, please), and then there’s this youthfully exuberant riff on her hidden talent: “I can juggle a soccer ball on my head for, like, a really long time.”

Still living in Nova Scotia, Page—who began acting at 10 and broke out in ’06’s Hard Candy—just signed on to star in Whip It!, Drew Barrymore‘s directorial debut. In the meantime, she’ll be figuring out what to wear to the Feb. 24 Oscars. When it comes to high-glam fashion, “People kind of help me out,” she admits. “I’m not going to lie to you. If I was up to my own devices, it wouldn’t work out so good.”

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