Over the past few months stories and video of actress Ellen Page has been doing the rounds, showing her confronting notorious homophobes such as GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. It’s all been as part of her new docu-series project, Gaycation, which sees her travelling to different parts of the world alongside best friend, Ian Daniel, to see LGBT life in numerous different countries and explore how those people are treated and the struggles many of them face.
Of the experience, Page told Buzzfeed, “I think I expected to definitely have emotional experiences, I don’t know if I would have anticipated…I don’t think you can anticipate the actual degree of what you’re going to feel. I’m a privileged person. I’m a privileged gay person. [The show] helped me understand, even more so, how much more vulnerable people are.”
“Each episode you’re learning so much,” Daniel added. “It’s these one-on-one interactions that are so rare, that you don’t have in your everyday life, so you come out of each episode expanding each time.”
Page continued, “You feel such a sadness and frustration and confusion for how much people have to struggle. It’s so hard for me to wrap my head around why people are treated that way. And then, of course, you feel so inspired and so humbled by just how much you’ve been able to learn, how extraordinary people have been to us, how vulnerable and generous they are. That’s what you’re left with.”
Gaycation is due to premiere on Viceland, Vice’s new TV network, on Wednesday, March 2nd. To give us a taste, a trailer has been released, which you can take a look at below.