Ellen Page talks Orlando and “Gaycation” on “Chelsea”

Ellen Page fought back tears yesterday during the taping of Chelsea Handler’s Netflix talk show, Chelsea, when she talked about the recent shooting in Orlando and said, “the reality is that violence towards LGBT people is…this is a common thing.”

In this week’s Chelsea episode, which begins streaming at 12:01am Thursday morning, the out actress added, “hate crimes towards LGBT people, extremely anti-gay, anti-bi, anti-trans rhetoric is constantly creating a poisonous environment.”

Especially after what happened this weekend Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, Ellen stressed, “It really needs to stop because…people are really, really struggling and they deserve to live freely, love freely and not be afraid.”

Chelsea also urged change in regards to assault weapons that people have easy access to. “Whether you believe in guns or not, whatever we’re doing isn’t working so we all have to have the conversation and continue to have the conversation on how to fix this country and what we can do,” the host said.

Not everything in the segment, however, was about the Orlando tragedy. Chelsea was curious about Ellen’s choices in her career to which she revealed, “it’s usually a story that inspires me, something I’m thinking a lot about in my life at the time or something that makes me think about something differently, or a character that feels unique to me.”

Also, with the new season of her Vice show Gaycation currently filming, Ellen said she was thankful to share the experience of exploring LGBT communities around the world with her best friend, Ian Daniel. “I’m so grateful to people around the world that face so much difficulty and struggle, and are willing to share their stories with us,” she said.

Besides Ellen, Chelsea also featured people in her life that had inspired her like her third-grade teacher and The Brady Bunch star Florence Henderson, who Chelsea had met recently at a party. Ellen was included in the mix because her mother is a teacher, which she also talked about during the episode saying that she never was taught by her mother in school but she knew that she was “an amazing teacher.”

Chelsea streams a new episode on Netflix on Thursdays at 12:01am. Gaycation is expected to premiere its second season later this year on Vice.