Yes, Ellen Page Knows Ellie From The Last of Us Looks Like Her, and She’s Not Happy About It
So shut your gob, Banana!
It must suck to be a celebrity who looks like a fictional character that wasn’t actually played by you — like, I bet at this point Nicolai Coster-Waldau wants to throttle everyone who’s ever asked him about being Prince Charming from Shrek. So I understand why Ellen Page is kinda annoyed already that everyone’s noticed what a striking resemblance she bears to the 14-year-old Ellie from The Last of Us. Now she’s suggesting that they intentionally ripped off her likeness, which she really doesn’t appreciate. Poor Ellie can’t catch a break, huh?
Ellie’s voice is actually played by Ashley Johnson, who you might remember as the cute blonde waitress from The Avengers — or, if you’re kinda pretentious, as Margaret from Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing. But seriously, go see it. Naughty Dog may have originally based Ellie on Ellen Page and subsequently changed her design around to resemble Ashley Johnson a little bit more, but it’s still pretty dang close. In fact, I kind of think the new Ellie looks more like Page, weirdly. It’s something about her nose being more upturned.
New Ellie’s on the right… we think? Nobody labels their comparison images and I’m bad at faces.
Page is currently attached to another Sony exclusive game, Beyond: Two Souls, and was recently participating in aReddit AMA to promote her most recent film, The East, when IGN reporter Lucy O’Brien asked if she’d have taken the role of Ellie if approached, she replied,
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.
Considering that she’s probably getting nothing but “Hey I loved you in The Last of Us” tweets all day long, I can see how she wouldn’t find it flattering. Odds are she won’t take legal action against Sony, but you never know — Twitter can be pretty annoying with this kind of thing.