Ellen Page felt a ''happiness and an inner peace'' after she made the decision to publicly come out as gay back in 2014.

The 30-year-old actress told the world that she was a lesbian at the Human Rights Campaign event on Valentine's Day in February 2014 and she readily admits that her decision to be honest about who she is has had immensely positive effect on her life.

Speaking to Diva magazine, Ellen said: ''Everything is different. From one day to the next [after coming out], I felt a happiness and an inner peace which I hadn't known for years. My life now is overwhelming and I'm glad to be in a position where I can support my community and also help show that you can still play all kinds of roles after you are out.

''Things are changing fast and the more people who come out will ultimately help put an end to the idea that coming out destroys your career. We have to make that happen.''

Ellen was getting ''increasingly unhappy'' before coming out but and the fact she was hiding who she was had started to impact her work.

But now she is out and proud the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' star has given her a new zest for acting.

She said: ''Before I had to hide my sexuality and that was making me increasingly unhappy, uncomfortable and anxious. I'm excited and enthusiastic about my work again. It feels the same way it did when I was 15 and beginning my career. It's such a different feeling to be open about who you are and simply live that way and not have to put on masks and hide your identity. I feel an inner peace now which I hadn't felt in a very long time.''

Ellen also admitted she reached a point in her life where her ''desire'' to come out meant more to her than the any negative impact her sexuality could have had on her Hollywood career.

She said: ''I reached a point where my desire to come out was so great that even if everyone in Hollywood had told me that I'll never work again, it wouldn't have made any difference. I didn't want to hide anymore.''