Ellen Page and Ian Daniel Q&A: ‘Gaycation’
During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), Ellen Page describes the Emmy recognition of “Gaycation” as “a testament to those who risk their lives to tell their stories on the show, who, whether they’re doing it anonymously or not, take huge risk. They’re the ones who make it near and dear to people’s hearts, or help inspire and change people, and our job is to just go and listen, and do the best we can.” This Viceland series follows Page and Ian Daniel as they travel across the world exploring LGBTQ rights in different cultures. The series reaped its second consecutive bid for Best Unstructured Reality Program.
They contend for the season two premiere, in which they traveled to Orlando, Florida, following the deadly terrorist attack at Pulse nightclub. “We had lots of conversations around why should we go, and is it important to go, and what can we add to the conversation” reveals Daniel. “I think we felt like the LGBTQ experience and the Latinx experience were being shoved to the side, or erased in the mainstream media, and I think we felt like it was really important to hear those stories.”
Page received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress for “Juno” (2007), which also brought her Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Critics’ Choice bids. She contended at the Emmys last year as a producer on the show; Daniel is in the race for the first time. They compete in their category against “Born This Way,” “Deadliest Catch,” “Intervention,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked,” and “United Shades of America.”