The 27-year-old chatted with Stéphanie Verge in Los Angeles, where the two took the Juno star’s Audi to Hollywood Reservoir for a hike in the Santa Monica mountains.
Having very publicly announced her sexual orientation at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Time to Thrive conference on Valentine's Day 2014, Ellen speaks candidly in the magazine about her struggle to bare all.
"You think you're in a place where you're all I'm thrilled to be gay, I have no issues about being gay anymore, I don't feel shame about being gay, but you actually do. You're just not fully aware of it. I think I still felt scared about people knowing. I felt awkward around gay people; I felt guilty for not being myself."
But the indie darling isn't simply out to talk about her sexuality, and discusses topics of interest that range from sustainable agriculture to vegetarianism to the effect that the sudden decline in the bee population could have on the global food supply. The endearing eco-friendly actress also addresses her own privilege, while Juno director Jason Reitman raves about Ellen's ferocity, saying "that much energy is not supposed to exist in someone so small."
Since that liberating speech back in February, during which the Inception star donned a T-shirt sporting the slogan “All Love is Equal,” Ellen talks about how she's worked with her stylist, Samantha McMillen, to let her true sartorial style shine. The duo have pieced together such ensembles as her Vanity Fair Oscar party Saint Laurent tux by Hedi Slimane, a Saint Laurent double-breasted jacket worn at the GLAAD Media Awards and a knockout MTV Movie Awards outfit that featured leather pants, an untucked oxford shirt and a tie.
Ellen also speaks highly of Kitty Pryde, the character she'll reprise in X-Men: Days of Future Past. “Kitty is rad and tough and strong, especially in this new one—she’s older and her abilities have evolved. She has more of an edge because of what she’s been dealing with.”
We bet the actress is feeling a lot stronger herself these days.
X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres in May, 2014. Read more of Ellen's interview in Flare's June 2014 issue.