"It feels we've gone backwards," The East star says of the amount of strong roles offered to women

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
Updated July 09, 2013 01:35 PM
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She’s been embraced by Hollywood but Ellen Page says Tinseltown is still a tough place for a woman to work.

When asked if she ever encounters sexism, Page, 26, replied, “Oh my God, yeah! It’s constant! It’s how you’re treated, it’s how you’re looked at, how you’re expected to look in a photoshoot, it’s how you’re expected to shut up and not have an opinion,” she told The Guardian in a recent interview.

Page, who currently stars alongside her close pal Alexander Skarsgard in The East, also says it’s even more difficult for women who look a certain way.

“If you’re a girl and you don’t fit the very specific vision of what a girl should be, which is always from a man’s perspective, then you’re a little bit at a loss,” she added.

Page also criticized the film industry for not offering women more roles – and stronger ones.

“Only 23 percent of speaking roles in films today are for women,” she said. “It feels we’ve gone backwards.”