Alex Skarsgard & Ellen Page looked friendly, coupled up at ‘The East’ premiere

Here are some photos of the LA premiere of The East, that environmental-thriller starring Brit Marling, Patricia Clarkson, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard. I’m just choosing to discuss the photos of Alex and Ellen because they are SO CUTE together. I still have no idea if they are actually together, if they are friends with benefits, if they’ve been secretly hooking up this whole time, or if they are just friends and he’s never put the p in the v. I don’t know. There are rumors about Ellen’s sexuality (as in, she’s only into ladies), but she’s never verified or confirmed anything and if “rumors” were proof, everyone in Hollywood is gay.

Some backstory: soon after Ellen and Alex worked together on The East, they were spotted hanging out around LA. They took in a few games, they partied together, they seemed to get along. It was adorable because she’s so tiny (I bet she’s barely above 5 feet tall) and Alex is HUGE. He’s super-tall and he’s just the giant Viking. Anyway, the rumors about Ellen and Alex subsided a little until they were at SXSW in March, when once again they seemed rather couple-y. And Alex and Ellen traveled back to LA together and he carried her bags at LAX.

So, what do these photos tell you? They tell me that Alex and Ellen are close. They enjoy each other’s company. The base of their relationship is probably a substantial friendship. But I also think there’s some attraction going on somewhere. Look at his hand on her side – obviously, he’s really tall and he’s having to reach down, but he’s almost touching boob in a lot of those photos. Huh.

Photos courtesy of WENN and Fame/Flynet.

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  1. RavenClaw says:

    She’s GAY
    Men and women can be friends without an attraction. It’s POSSIBLE

    • Emily says:

      How would you know for sure?

    • LadyBird83 says:

      Honestly I think they are both gay/bi/tri-sexuals. Who cares about that though really? I just wanna make a beautiful and strong baby Viking with that man.

    • Roma says:

      She’s fairly out in the community, much like Zachary Quinto was.

      • Andrea says:

        It’s weird to me how much people try and push straight couplings on people who are clearly gay. The sooner we stop feeding into it the sooner the idea of beards will not be so prevelant.

      • Sean says:

        Exactly, she used to attend events with her girlfriend. There used to be lots of pics of them together. I wonder who told her it was in her best interest to pretend to be straight.

    • Isabella says:

      I agree. He’s a beard. Which is fine but I won’t be delusional when looking at the pictures.

      • Lynn says:

        Uh he’s not a beard since they’re not dating. They’re not real dating. They’re not fake dating. THEY’RE IN A MOVIE TOGETHER. The end.

  2. Jules says:

    I thought she was gay?

  3. Amelia says:

    They’re so cute together, it would be awesome if they were a couple. Love ‘em both, great actors, funny people.
    I’m really excited for The East to come out, it looks like a great watch.

  4. Emily says:

    These photos are sooo cute! His big goofy smile and how he’s leaning down.. haha

  5. JenD says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything with him in it, but he’s hot. And they’re cute together.

  6. marie says:

    they would be so cute together, but I think they are just friends. just looking at these photos (and I could be wrong) I would say he’d be more into her, than she into him.

    • Nya says:

      You can judge from the video. I’d say it’s the other way around (but in a platonic way)

    • Denise says:

      Totally looks that way, she looks uncomfortable. That is not at all what you’d expect from this coupling, whatever the actual arrangement may be!

    • Anna says:

      To me it actually looks like she’s made uncomfortable by something else, and he is comforting her. Look at how she is clutching his jacket!

      • lori says:

        Yes this!

      • henderswife says:

        I agree. I think the camera flashes and loud voices are making her nervous and he is trying to comfort her. I have male friends that are protective of me and would comfort me without trying to seduce me. I think he’s just trying to help her.

  7. RHONYC says:

    i dig it.
    she’s like ‘dark’ Sookie.
    tee-hee ;-)

  8. mkyarwood says:

    I think it’s more apt to say “everyone in Hollywood is a little bent”. I honestly think that most actors/actresses have dabbled on both sides. Some arrive confused, some know what they’re looking for and some are convinced it’ll help their craft. I bet she leads him around on a leash or something ;)

  9. Nya says:

    She is super gay and they just seem like very cute friends. The end.

    (and I think he’s just trying really hard to NOT touch her boob considering he can’t lean down that far)

  10. smee says:

    I’m six feet tall (female) and when I was single seeing a short woman with a tall man really used to steam me up! But now that I’m married (to a six four guy), I’ve calmed down about it.

    In any case – she’s very cute and he’s to die for. Maybe they’re f-buddies – no big commitment, just fun sex……?

    • Rae says:

      Why would a short woman with a tall guy steam you up? Did you think you were more appropriate because you were tall??

    • moon says:

      I’m sorry, so short girls should be polite and leave the tall men for their tall counterparts? That’s just silly.

      So by that same token, ugly women should get angry when they see hot girls dating ugly men. Cause you know.

      • lee says:

        I could be wrong, but I don’t think the original comment was meant as any offense to shorter women.

        As a fellow tall girl, there can be a lot of insecurity that comes with it especially if you’re not comfortable being taller than your partner. I interpreted the steaming to be more of a result of jealousy or disappointment that some tall men still prefer petite ladies. Not a judgement, but more of a ‘damn! am I even too tall for the tall guys?’ Maybe I’m projecting though since that’s how I felt in my younger days too. Although as a queer lady, let me tell you that the tall selection is even slimer! I’m lucky to have found my lovely and (nearly as) tall wife.

  11. Livvy says:

    I don’t think they look “coupled up” at all. More like brother and sister affection than anything else.

  12. Tessa says:

    I have said this before… I think he’s in love with her, but unfortunately, she’s gay. She looks at him like a big hunky bff that she likes to cling to and maybe even flirt with from time to time, but doubt she’ll ever sleep with him. I really do think she likes girls.

  13. Hautie says:

    Ellen looks like a twelve year old standing next to her Father in these pictures. :)

    But I agree with the friend thing. Skarsgard seems to be very social with the people he works with.

    Which is actually nice to see. Since so many of the LA types are so far up their own ass, to be friendly with anyone.

  14. Nev says:

    He’s SWOON.

  15. TheOriginalKitten says:

    I wanted to catch this movie this weekend but I can’t find any local showtimes. I know it’s limited release but does anyone know where this is playing?

    Surprised because Boston has a handful of arthouse-y theaters that usually have all the indie flicks…

  16. loveisthecoal says:

    Although I think it would be awesome if they were a thing, I’m definitely getting a more big brother/little sister vibe from these photos.

  17. Shelley says:

    I don’t like her. Why is she touching him?? I love him and his Viking ways.

  18. Ashling says:

    Ellen looks really pretty. I do not think they are a couple or that there is anything sexual. He is very affectionate and handsy with his friends. Look at pictures of him with Kristen Bauer or even Brit Marling. They seem like good friends. Plus, he wants like a dozen kids and it would probably kill her.

    • cr says:

      Brit, Kristin, Zal, etc.

      He’s very touchy feely.

      And I think she looks awkward because I get the impression she really doesn’t like the public appearance part of the job.

  19. annaloo. says:

    I think they are actually a GREAT couple, if it is so. Certainly an upgrade from the Bosworth, and it makes me want to engage Alex in a game of (strip) Backgammon or Chess – I think he might be a surprising intellectual.

  20. pretty says:

    omg these are really really cute photos!!!! He looks so hot and cute how he tries to not touch her boobs hahahahahaha ♥♥♥
    god… just imagining myself in Ellen’s position in those photos…cause im very short too…makes me swoon..he’s so hot and big!

  21. Jenna says:

    If you took only those pictures into consideration, then he’s banged a few of his co-stars and friends too. As much as people want/wanted this one to happen, I just really see them as friends. Plus, Skarsie is affectionate as all hell. As for the movie, I think I’m going to skip it and see WMK instead. :)

  22. Jackie says:

    I love them and I love these pictures, they’re so cute. With all the rumors of Ellen being gay I also get the “friends” vibe from them. Boy would I love to have a friend like Alex, I’m Ellen’s height and I’d climb him like a tree.

  23. Toot says:

    Whatever’s going on, Alex likes her. Friend or more.

  24. serena says:

    They look super cute together, hope they are really hooking up -if that’s it, good for you Ellen, good for you..-

  25. lucy2 says:

    I still say just friends. I’ve seen a bunch of pictures from the events from this movie and others, and he seems like an affectionate guy with all his costars.

    Plus they both seem pretty private about their lives, so I doubt they’d use the red carpet as a place to get all coupley.

  26. grabbyhands says:

    Oh god, STAHP. Why is it hard to accept that they’re friends and not a couple? I think they look cute together, but they’re buddies and not with benefits. Her being gay has been going around for a looong time and while she is obviously private about her personal life, she doesn’t strike me as someone who would go to the trouble of having a beard around.

  27. Mayday says:

    she looks so pretty!!!

  28. bns says:

    They don’t look couple-y at all. They’re just standing next to each other.

    She bugs me for some reason. I think it’s because I associate her real life personality with the character of Juno.

    • Lynn says:

      Shes not like Juno at all, she’s actually very shy and reserved. She barely talks honestly.

  29. Devon says:

    I’d be so down if they were hooking up but they’re just friends. ASkars is just really affectionate with his friends. Has anyone seen that video of him drunk while filming Beyond The Pole? Hilarious! And, if they were together/hooking up, there is no way he’d pose with her like that. When he was with Kate Bosworth, it was lime he was allergic to the camera!

  30. Annie says:

    Either way I’m jealous. I met him once at a party and he’s so, so dreamy. He’s so tall and nice. He smells amazing.

  31. Anna says:

    I am into this. They are at a similar level of fame AND attractiveness. Seems like a good match, and he even looks hotter to me now that he’s all ‘protective arm around small woman.’

    Now for skepticism: Never heard the gay rumor re: Ellen Page, but we’ve ALL seen ASkars type – blonde and twice Ellen’s height.

  32. Chicagogurl says:

    She looks like a very young and tiny version of Lena Olin. They’re both attractive and interesting but I say they’re friends.

  33. lala says:

    the most telling thing in this photo, in terms of body language, is where his hand is…when a man holds a woman very close to her breast that way it’s a possessive gesture; but I would need to see their lower legs to make a full body language assessment. the only thing that makes me think that they are not romantically linked is that Alex keeps his love life on DL and does not want it in the public eye. this behavior with ellen, if it is romantic, would do exactly the opposite. Alex is european which is def a more touchy-feely culture, so the thing I would look out for when Alex is actually interested–look at the woman he is touching the least. men overcompensate which means that when there are cameras around he’s going to try harder to look like he’s not into her.

    • amurph says:

      Another thing to consider with the hand/arm placement is the fact that he’s at least 6’4″, maybe an inch and a half taller, while she’s barely 5’1″. No matter how long his arms are, there’s a good chance he couldn’t place his hands on her waist unless he slouched or she stood on tippy toes (even with heels). But, I agree – I don’t think there’s nothing but friendship going on there. He’s always super touchy with his castmates/friends and he’s shown how comfortable he is with all of the East cast in the past events for the movie.

      • lala says:

        Their height has nothing to do with how he’s touching her. He could have very easily put his hand on her back and even curved his fingers a bit around her side without slouching and still look really friendly with her. He could have also curved his hand around her to the front of her shoulder in order to pull her towards him to be friendly. However, Alex is purposely slouching so far so that he can wrap his hand completely around the back of her body and all the way to the front of her rib cage. In terms of body language, that is a possessive gesture. Even Alex’s hips are positioned in a way that is more sexual than friendly. Ellen’s body language is the one that’s more indicative of friendship rather than something sexual.

  34. moon says:

    Maybe this is the reverse of girls with their gay best friend. Where you’re allowed to be all touchy and flirty and he’s obviously just being polite, and you’re thinking maybe you’re just hot enough to tempt him and they’re not buying it.

  35. Manylolz says:

    Omg you guys!!! (Rolling eyes!!)) it is soo obvious that their bonking!

  36. Alexia says:

    He looks like he thinks she is the cutest thing ever. He looks way more into her than she does with him.

    he looks he just bleached his teeth

  37. G says:

    I thought it’s known she likes girls? He’s ‘suspect’ too but DAYUM he’s hot!

  38. Marianne says:

    I think the “Ellen is gay” rumours started just because she is more of a tomboy. At least with Zachary Quinto, he was always out with Jon Groff before he came out. If Ellen is gay, well then good for her. But there is no 100% proof.

    • Andrea says:

      There’s no proof bc it’s really, really difficult for actors (especially women) to be out in the open aboit their sexuality.

    • lee says:

      There isn’t any 100% proof, but there are definitely photos out there of her pretty seriously kissing a woman and I’m under the impression she was in a relationship with Clea Duvall for a while about 2 years or so ago since they were together a lot and there was this awkward vacation in Montreal where they got papped and then immediately split in opposite directions as if to avoid being seen together. That being said, while I think she is very likely not straight, she could also be bisexual. I think she maybe dated Ben Foster years ago? And in any case, she is obviously a private person who tries to keep her personal life out of the media.

      Back when the rumors were first really heating up (around Juno maybe?) she hosted SNL and in the closing sketch she played Andy Samburg’s girlfriend who went to a Melissa Etheridge concert or something and kept going on about all of the amazing lesbian celebs and the hot girls and when he asked if she was gay her big line was ‘can’t I just hug a woman with my legs in friendship?!’ It was adorably hilarious and I always took it as a sort of confirmation of queerness but resistance to labels and a ‘let’s move on it’s not really any of your business’ type of comment on the whole media topic at the time.

      ooh, found it:

  39. Andrea says:

    Ellen was on the Daily Show last week and she was so smart and well spoken and funny. I’m a fan.

  40. lori says:

    Kinda wish he had carried her around like the little girl from “What maise knew”…..that woulda been so awesome!

  41. Isabel says:

    Eventhough they are terribly cute together, Alex never gets willingly photographed with his gf’s. So doubt it’s true.

  42. Bridget says:

    Seriously? Is someone actually trying to make this a thing? Ellen’s preferences aren’t exactly a secret. Just because she hasn’t made some big announcement doesn’t mean that she’s in the closet.

  43. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    I get a ‘just friends’ vibe from them.

  44. StaCat1 says:

    just friends…

  45. Lola says:

    I think they look great together. Sadly, they aren’t a couple.

  46. lostinspace says:

    It’s a friend of a friend of a friend thing, but I’m distantly acquainted with someone who went to high school with Ellen and says that in school she made no secret of her homosexuality. I’m quite sure she and Alex are just friends. And for those who are still hung up on him carrying her luggage at the airport, it was HIS luggage…he’s been seen lugging the very same bag through the airport at other times when Ellen was nowhere to be found.

    What I want to know is if anyone else has noticed the change in dynamic between him and Brit Marling? In most of the photos taken at Sundance earlier this year, they were all affectionate and very touchy-feely. Always standing next to each other in group pics and in several of those portrait shots the way they were looking into each other’s eyes screamed intimacy. (I personally think they would make a gorgeous couple.) But in all of the photos taken over the past week at The East screening events, there is a noticeable coldness there when compared with the Sundance, and even South By Southwest pics. They’re never even next to one another in group shots. I get the impression something negative has occurred in their relationship between a few months ago and now. Go back and revisit the Sundance pics and compare them to the screening photos from the past week…I can’t be the only one who sees it.

    • Lynn says:

      Wow you are way paychoanalyzing nothing. They did all their junket interviews together. You sound like a crazy fangirl….

      • Rialto says:

        Search for “Alex Skarsgaard and Brit Marling” under google images and see what turns up. I’m certainly reading interest on Brit’s part in those photos. She definitely seems into it. Alex, too, but it’s not as intense as what I’m reading off Brit.

        There are tons of photos of Ellen Page with a girlfriend or two. Not sure if she’s had more than one serious girlfriend since she got famous, but the candid shots are out there.

        As for Alex, I think he’s attracted to Ellen Page. He knows she’s into women, but that doesn’t necessarily stop the feelings.

    • cr says:

      They seem fine, this is from the press junket two weekends ago:

      At Sundance he was also very touchy-feely cuddly with Ellen and Zal, so anything less than that, even at SXSW, is probably going to seem distant.

      Like the Ellen photos, I think sometimes we get a little too over analytical of these photos, especially at official events.

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