WATCH: Ellen Page Gets Emotional When Talking to Stephen Colbert About Coming Out

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Ellen Page got emotional when talking about what it’s like living as an openly gay person.

“I feel so grateful to feel how I feel now, compared to when I was a closeted person,” she told Stephen Colbert Tuesday (Sept. 29) when appearing on The Late Show“That is not a nice place to be. I was sad. It is toxic, and I wish that no one had to live that way.” She continued by telling Colbert:

“As a person, I’m a very privileged person. I’m a very privileged gay person, and those who are affected the most in our community are the most vulnerable. And I feel so grateful to be able to talk about things or share stories and meet incredibly inspiring people or have connections with people who have been touched by me coming out, which is an incredible  moment to get to have with a human being.”

The actress came out publicly on Feb. 14, 2014 when speaking at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive Conference in Las Vegas. And even before then, she’s been supporting the LGBT community. But Ellen told The Hollywood Reporter that before she came out, “I was sad, honestly. And obviously that’s a very personal thing to say, but I say it to encourage whatever other people are feeling. Very sad, isolated, a lot of anxiety. No more.”

“What do you say to people who feel that their religious rights go ahead of, perhaps, your marriage rights?” Colbert asked Page in their interview. “Religious liberty and religious freedom is so, so important. It’s so, so crucial. And what’s unfortunate throughout history, religious liberty has been used to justify discrimination based on gender and based on race, and now it’s the LGBT community,” she said.

Ellen is being honored with the National Vanguard Award at the Human Rights Campaign’s upcoming annual dinner. She’ll receive the award from her Tallulah co-star Allison Janney, and Joe Biden is set to deliver the keynote address.

Ellen’s gay rights drama Freeheld hits theaters Oct. 2.