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Why Ellen Page is the Best Young Actress in Hollywood

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 8, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | October 8, 2009 |

You guys remember that horrifically embarrassing video that was borderline bizarre / awesome of Ellen Page, Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) and a virtual unknown, Sean Tillmann, singing “Don’t Stop Believin’”? Here it is, again, if you want to relive the sublime mortification of it.

I was kind of intrigued by it, in part because it suggested that Ellen Page and Alia Shawkat were friends, and that makes me tingly in my happy places. Or happy in my tingly places. One or the other. Although, Sean Timmann — also known as Har Mar Superstar — who is probably best known for being one of the guys in VH1’s “I Love the ’80s,” was something of a buzzkill. The three of them also appeared in Whip It, and one wonders if they became friends because of Whip It, or if they were friends prior to it, which is how all three of them ended up in it (and if you haven’t seen Whip It, it’s remarkably cute, and everything else TK wrote about it. (FTC Full Disclosure: I went to a sneak preview of it, and they gave away free T-shirts. I’m wearing mine now.)

Anyway, there’s a point to all this, which I’m getting to now: The three of them have re-teamed (if you count that Journey cover as their first collaboration) to write and produce a new show for HBO called “Stitch N’Bitch.” The show, according to THR, is about “two painfully cool hipster girls as they relocate from Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood to Los Angeles’ Silver Lake enclave in hopes of becoming artists — of any kind.”

Page and Shawkat may star, though my guess is that Shawkat will co-star with someone else (since Page has a legitimate film career — she’s soon appearing in Christopher Nolan’s next film). I also suspect that the show will ultimately spend a lot of time mocking hipsters, if my perception of Page and Shawkat is accurate.

In the end, though, I suspect the show will likely appeal to fans of Page, of which I consider myself. Why she’s gotten a lot of anti-hipster flak is beyond me (it’s typical for hipsters to eat their own, I guess). If you look at the pop-culture landscape for other young 20-something women, there’s nary a more remarkable one than Page, to me. She doesn’t crave the spotlight. She doesn’t feed into the Hollywood system. She’s both serious-minded and acerbic, and you can look long and hard, but you won’t find any images of her cooter on the Internet. She’s also a pretty great actress, if you ask me. And from all the evidence available, she’s refreshingly disinterested in the Hollywood popularity contest. That video above should provide ample proof of that.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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