Ellen Page got some fodder for her upcoming TV show at the Iowa State Fair today, courtesy of GOP White House hopeful Ted Cruz. The Texas senator was grillin’ some pork when Page began grillin’ him about LGBT rights and workplace discrimination. ABC News’ cameras caught the exchange in Des Moines, where Page was on assignment for Vice Media. Her series Gaycation will air on the new Vice channel when it launches early next year.
The two sparred for five minutes — a discourse she said was about bias and prejudice and he said was about religious freedom. Cruz, a self-described “courageous conservative” who opposes same-sex marriage, trotted out a hypothetical about a gay florist who might not want to work an evangelical couple’s wedding. He said: “Imagine, hypothetically, you had a gay florist, and imagine two evangelical Christians wanted to get married and the gay florist decided, ‘You know what, I disagree with your faith, I don’t want to provide flowers.'” Page replied, “I would say they should provide the flowers.”
She also asked, “What about the question about LGBT people being fired for being gay-trans?” The senator replied, “Well, what we’re seeing right now, we’re seeing Bible-believing Christians being persecuted for living according to their faith.”
And so on.
Vice’s Gaycation will chronicle Page’s international travels to explore the local attitudes toward LGBT culture in various cities. The actress scored an Oscar nom for her lead role in Juno and since has appeared in films including X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Inception. Watch her mini-debate with Cruz above.