Ellen Page Isn’t Happy With The Last of Us’ Ellie

The fictional fourteen year old, Ellie, from Naughty Dog’s latest game The Last of Us looks a little bit like Ellen Page, since she’s a brown-haired teenage girl. She used to look even more like Page when The Last of Us was initially announced but the developers did the best they could to change her appearance after Beyond: Two Souls – starring Page – was announced.

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And right now, Page is doing an Ask Me Anything over on Reddit, with one of the questions making her aware of the similarities between Ashley Johnson’s brilliantly acted Ellie and Page’s own face.

I guess I should be flattered that they ripped off my likeness, but I am actually acting in a video game called Beyond Two Souls, so it was not appreciated.

Seeming quite oblivious that they’re both Sony published games and quite arrogant in thinking Ellie was actually based on her, while simultaneously ignoring the actual questions about whether she enjoyed filming Beyond and if she would have taken the role of Ellie if offered, Page delivered the above misguided, misjudged and altogether confused response.

What do you think? Does she have any right to be annoyed, or should she just accept that maybe, just maybe, the 14 year old girl archetype looks a bit like her anyway?

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40 Comments

  1. They even named her Ellie, it’s only 1 letter different.

  2. I feel she may not be fully aware of how the character looks in game. Maybe on the cover, there’s a little similarity, but once you see her during the game, the likeness is only slight as to be coincidental. A shame she responded in the way she did, but she is probably not as informed as the rest of us

    • that seems quite snobbish that last bit. I just mean she may not know that much about the game. Either way, I don’t think this is as negative as it seems

  3. I look a bit like Kratos (well, if anything he looks like me of course!), so perhaps i should consider suing as they didn’t consult me before ‘using my likeness’ either.

    Good lord, get over yourself girl!

  4. I probably shouldn’t admit this…

    I asked for The Last of Us for my birthday. I read all the positive reviews and wanted the game. I’ve played just the first hour so far…I thought it was that “girl from Juno” game until I came across this post.

    This isn’t because I think the character looks like her in-game – I haven’t gotten to her yet! From the box art, a big company name and the hype around the game – I just assumed it was the one she starred in.

    I don’t mind because it was the game I was interested in – but I did think that it was the game Ellen Page starred in.

    I don’t know if I could say that she should be right to claim that they used her likeness but it seems like a bit of a coincidence – and I’m sure people behind marketing a major title wouldn’t have been oblivious to this.

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