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'Late Night': 'Nervous' Ellen Page to Receive National Vanguard Award

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    Seth Meyers gives Ellen Page speech advice on "Late Night." (Published Friday, Oct. 2, 2015)

    Ellen Page will receive the National Vanguard Award at the upcoming Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner on Saturday in Washington.

    “It’s a complete honor. I feel incredibly humbled,” Page told “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Thursday.

    The 28-year-old actress came out as gay last year at HRC’s “Time to Thrive” conference. The commission said her bravery and sincerity has helped set a “powerful example for the LGBT and allied community around the world.”

    Page said she’s grateful to be associated with the organization.

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    “They’re an incredible organization,” she said, crediting "many activists who’ve created a world in society where I can be out and live my life and that’s something to not take for granted.”

    Page said she would have to give a speech at the dinner, where Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address.

    “Are you nervous about giving a speech?” Meyers asked.

    “I think people think actors maybe are more comfortable in those situations. I think I can pretend I’m more comfortable, but I definitely get nervous.”

    Meyers gave her some advice on how to surprise the audience, given her humbled demeanor. 

    “You should take the mic and say ‘A lot of you said I could never do this,’” he suggested, telling her she should stare down and point to at least one member of the audience.

    “Seth, I’m liking it,” she said. “Making a call right now.”