Samantha Highfill
May 02, 2014 AT 02:38 PM EDT

Back in February, Ellen Page told the world she was gay during a speech at the inaugural “Time to THRIVE” conference in Las Vegas. On Thursday, May 1, the actress went on Ellen to talk about the experience, calling it “the most nervous I’ve ever been in my life.”

But looking back, Page said she was ready. “I knew I would be a happier person … [because] I was carrying around a tremendous amount of shame and guilt for not being out,” she said. She also thanked Ellen for doing the same thing in a time when it was “much harder and scarier.”

Watch the candid conversation below:

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