Sir Ian McKellen has spoken about the importance of coming out and his admiration for Ellen Page who recently revealed that she is gay.
His X-Men co-star made the announcement earlier this month saying that she felt she had a responsibility to come out.
“All this has come to a happy conclusion, hasn’t it?” McKellen said while chatting to Buzzfeed, “with Ellen Page – Kitty Pryde – coming out. That gladdened my heart so much.
“For people who are lonely… reading that about someone whose career they follow is a little bit of a help and encouragement to them to think it does get better.”
The actor also spoke about his own sexuality and the importance of coming out: “Anyone in public life who comes out, comes out primarily for themselves, and their life is immediately improved. That’s what happened to me. The world [became] a slightly better place.”