Ellen Page Comments on ‘Last of Us’ Lookalike; Says ‘Beyond: Two Souls’ is ‘Remarkable’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 3:42 pm,

'The Last of Us' Ellie not Ellen Page

Easily one of the most-talked about titles of 2013, The Last of Us continues to rack up industry praise (read our review) as well as spoiler-filled debate over the game’s controversial ending. However, long before any players embarked on the suspense-filled cross-country journey with Joel and Ellie, we were all taken-aback by the surprising inclusion of what appeared actress Ellen Page’s likeness in the game.

According to Naughty Dog, the similarities were nothing more than a coincidence, and the studio made subtle changes to Ellie’s in-game model to further differentiate their character after the initial announcement – especially considering fellow PS3 exclusive, Beyond: Two Souls had actually cast Page as its lead. Now, the Juno actress is reflecting on the situation, with a surprisingly candid reaction to Naughty Dog’s original design.

In a Reddit AMA (ask me anything), Page opened-up to fans about everything from her favorite type of “juice” (answer: tequila) to her upcoming role in Bryan Singer’s X:Men: Days of Future Past as well as her recent foray into the video game industry. When asked about similarities between her likeness and Naughty Dog’s design for Ellie in The Last of Us, the actress offered-up a direct comment:

“I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I am actually acting in a video game called Beyond Two Souls, so it was not appreciated.”

The Last of Us Screenshot Joel and Ellie looking

It’d be easy to read Page’s reply as frustration but the actress is known for being down-to-earth and informal in her interactions with media officials, so it’s not surprising she’d be even more candid when interacting with fans. As a result, while she uses terms like “ripped off” and claims the similarities were “not appreciated,” it’s unlikely that the actress is harboring actual animosity toward the fan-favorite Sony studio. Instead, this is probably a case where the non-descript nature of online written communication makes it easy to read into Page’s wording for tension or hostility that isn’t actually representative of her true feelings.

Instead of dwelling on The Last of Us, Page was more interested in promoting the game that she’s actually in – offering high praise for David Cage’s follow-up to Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls as well as complimenting co-star Willem Dafoe:

“Making Beyond was an incredible experience. I think what David Cage is doing is really remarkable, the first of its kind and I feel grateful to be involved.”

“We did do our own motion capture. The suits are not that bad actually… it is sort of nice to not sorry about wardrobe. Willem is an incredible actor and I loved working with him.”

Beyond Two Souls Ellen Page Motion Capture

Page also touched on her own experience with video games, indicating that she’s no stranger to the medium. She’s even played the recent Tomb Raider reboot:

“I played video games more when I was a kid. I had Sega Genesis and was a HUGE Sonic fan. I also love the NHL games and played them with my brother all time. Then I was super into PlayStation and loved the FIFA games. I recently played my first video game in a while. I played the latest Tomb Raider and really enjoyed it, finished in about 12 hours.”

The Ellen Page Last of Us controversy is certainly bizarre – made even weirder when it was announced she’d star in Beyond: Two Souls. We may never know the full behind-the-scenes details – as mentioned Naughty Dog never officially acknowledged any intention to cast Page for the role of Ellie or modeled the character after her likeness. Fortunately, the actual Ellie performance capture actress, Ashley Johnson, delivers in The Last of Us – presenting one of the more endearing video game characters of 2013.

Of course, PlayStation fans who were hoping to see Page announced for the role can still still look forward to seeing the well-known actress brought to digital life in Beyond: Two Souls.


The Last of Us is available now, exclusively for the PS3. Beyond: Two Souls releases on October 8, 2013 and is also a PS3 exclusive.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for more on The Last of Us and Beyond: Two Souls as well as future movie, TV, and gaming news.

Source: Ellen Page & Reddit

TAGS: Beyond Two Souls, Naughty Dog, PS3, Quantic Dream, Sony, The Last of Us

  • vladiator

    Ellie= bad ass

  • COREY_1993

    this is complete coincidence, they even tried to change her appearance because of the reaction at e3 last year where both those games where revealed… i understand where she is coming from but it is complete coincidence.

  • Ken J

    So her answer to what her favorite juice is an alcoholic drink, how original… /sarcasm

    Kind of expected more than the “oh, I have to show how cool I am” response you would hear from everyone else if asked the same question…

  • guest

    and who is ellen page again????

    • JT

      Damn good question.

      • bio

        She was the main lead from juno and the girl from inception who built the mazes and help Leonardo DiCaprio’s character come to terms what with him and his wife.

        • j

          she also was Kitty Pryde in x-men last stand and will be reprising the role for X-Men: Days of Future Past

  • Jak Frost

    Ellen sweet heart,darling Naughty dog produces nothing but gold and they will always have high expectations and they will always produce gold and exceed those expectations.Especially mine. Now your game that is nothing but quick time events and some cinematic wonders and that’s really it. So you should have nothing to say because The last of us will make much more money than Beyond will and if anything it will make you a tad bit more famous cause your really not that famous at all.So what im trying to say is GET OVER IT WOMEN YOU’LL BE OKAY boo boo.

    • http://Gamehermits.wordpress.com Josh Calkins

      I think you sorta missed the point. I too am tired of hearing her name and seeing her headlining a project which needs no stars to sell, but that’s not a reason to disparage David Cage and his work. I can see why many would dislike games like Indigo Prophecy and Heavy Rain, but they are definitely contributing to the art form and providing extremely impressive, unique titles. I hope Beyond is spectacular and gets the attention and money a bold project deserves when it succeeds. I also hope we can at least finish the game before the endless Ellen Page news flashes reach further unwanted levels. If she does a great job then I’ll be pleased, or even impressed, but I didn’t take interest in the game because of the actress being cast, and I am tired of all the focus there.

    • Ken J

      Well, tell your naughty dog that the FN FAL’s charging handle is on the LEFT side of the weapon, not the right… They included my favorite weapon in Uncharted 2 only to slap me in the face by modeling it backwards… 😀

  • boogoo

    I kind of find it hard to believe they didn’t initially plan on using her likeness but in the end I don’t think it matters. Ashley Johnson completely made the role her own and Ellie was her own character. And I’m sure Ellen Page would dig The Last of Us if she played it.

  • BrickToThaFace

    Hey Asshole!

    • http://gamerant.com/author/benk Ben Kendrick

      Hey! Who you callin’ an asshole?

  • Pak55

    That should be Gamerant’s next top 5 or 10 list. Celebrities looks alike in games. Like Michael Biehn on the Metal Gear cover.

  • j

    She didn’t say she hated the game just that she disliked the confusion

  • Atomic Gumshoe

    I understand Ellen Pages frustration, but when you actually play the game you don’t think of Ellen Page, you think of Ellie, she is her own unique character. Also Ellie is like 12, and Ellen Page is like 23.

  • Alex

    Wait, so Ellen Page did not participate in Last of Us at all? I knew that they had a different voice actor for Elli, but I thought they used motion capture of Ellen Page? So Ellen did not even know that Last of Us was going to use her appearance?

    • The mighty avenger

      No Ashely Johnson did the voice acting and motion cap for Ellie. Honestly I think they resemble each other but I don’t think of Ellen Paige when I see Ellie. I actually see a lot more of Ashley Johnson then Ellen Paige when I play. I don’t think it was anything intential ok naughty dogs part though.
      And her didn’t seem like she was pissed night just have been something she said. Though if she liked tomb raider she’d love the last of us. And after te redesign of Ellie she looks way more like a unique character and as I said I see more Ashely Johnson then Ellen Paige

  • Ford Prefect

    Ellen Page needs to get over herself. I see no resemblance between the on screen character and her. Maybe slightly in the actual motion capture actress but not on screen.

    • Broken

      Exactly what I was thinking.