Who is Emma Portner?
Canadian professional dancer, choreographer and actress Emma Portner was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on 26 November 1994, making Sagittarius her zodiac sign. She’s known for two things: having danced in a number of popular music videos, including 2015’s “Justin Bieber: Life Is Worth Living (Purpose: The Movement)” and the 2019 “Banks: Contaminated (The III Experience)”, and for being the former wife of famous Canadian actor Elliot Page, who was previously known as Ellen Page (having changed his gender).
Education and early life
Emma was raised in Ottawa alongside her brothers Quinn and Dylan, by their father Dan Portner and mother Heather; no details have been shared about Emma’s family, as she respects their privacy.
She was only three when she began taking dance lessons, and started dancing competitively before turning 10; Emma honed her skills at The National Ballet of Canada. She studied at Canterbury High School, and was 17 when she matriculated; Emma then moved to New York City and to attend the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre.
Although some sources claim that she attended the University of Toronto, this is yet to be confirmed by Emma.
Emma was behind a part of the choreography for “Bat Out of Hell: The Musical” by Jim Steinman, and she gained recognition only after starring in and making the choreography for the above mentioned Justin Bieber’s music video “Life Is Worth Living” in 2015; having been satisfied with her work, Justin hired Emma to also create the choreography for his third concert tour Purpose World Tour.
The year 2019 saw Emma become nominated for Arena Dance Competition Award for Best Female Dancer of the Year, while she was also featured on the cover page of the magazines “Dance Magazine” and “Dance Spirit”.
She’s since worked as a choreographer for British singer-songwriter Blood Orange, American singer-songwriter Margaret Debay ‘Maggie’ Rogers, and American singer-songwriter Banks.
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Her first ballet – “Islands” – was performed by the Norwegian National Ballet ensemble in 2021.
Also in 2021, Emma portrayed Spirit of Gozer in the 2021 adventure fantasy comedy movie “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”, which starred Paul Rudd and Carrie Coon, and was directed by Jason Reitman. It follows a single mother of two as she’s learning about her connection to original Ghostbusters, and the film won one of its 22 award nominations.
Love life and husband
Emma hasn’t shared many details about her love life, however, Elliot’s spoken about their marriage in a number of interviews, as well as on his social media accounts.
The two met after Elliot noticed Emma on Instagram and asked her out on a date – they married in a private ceremony in January 2018; Elliot was still known as Ellen at that time, and it was only in December 2020 that he came out as a trans man, while Emma wrote on her social media accounts that she was ‘so proud of him’. The two’s divorce was finalized in February 2021.
Emma openly speaks about being a lesbian, but hasn’t mentioned any women whom she’s dated; she seems to be unattached as of June 2023, was married to Elliot Page, and doesn’t have children.
Interesting facts and hobbies
Emma’s passionate about music and is today one half of the Indie duo Bunk Buddy, with the other half being music producer Noah Rubin.
Over 260,000 people are following Emma on Instagram today, and she’s uploaded over 120 pictures and videos onto the network; most of these are related to dancing.
She loves to travel and has been all around the world, while she enjoys discovering how people dance in other parts of the planet.
Emma’s a philanthropist and has worked with charity organizations which aim to bring dance closer to underprivileged youth.
One of her favorite actresses is Aimie Atkinson, and some of her favorite films include “Fedz”, “West End Woofs” and “Six: The Fully Animated Musical”.
Height, eyes and wealth
Emma’s age is 28. She has brown hair and eyes, is 5ft 3ins (1.6m) tall and weighs around 110lbs (51kgs).
Emma’s net worth’s been estimated at over $2 million, as of June 2023.
Who is her former husband Elliot Page?
Canadian actor Elliot Page was born as Ellen Page in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, on 21 February 1987, making Pisces his zodiac sign. He has 51 acting credits to his name, and is perhaps still known best for playing the lead character Juno MacGuff in the 2007 comedy movie “Juno”, which also starred Jennifer Garner and Michael Cera, and was directed by Jason Reitman. It follows a teenage girl who’s become pregnant, and the film won 90 of its 191 award nominations, including an Oscar win for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.
Elliot was raised in Halifax by his father Dennis Page who was a graphic designer, and mother Martha Philpotts who was a high school teacher. He was 10 when he made his debut film appearance, playing Maggie MacLean in the 1997 drama “Pit Pony”, while his debut TV series role was playing the same character in the same-titled series which aired in 1999 and 2000. Elliot studied at Halifax Grammar School, and eventually transferred to Queen Elizabeth High School; he transferred one more time, and matriculated from Shambhala School in 2005. Elliot then enrolled at Vaughan Road Academy, but dropped out after two years.
He gained recognition with his portrayal of Joanie in the 2002 drama “Marion Bridge”, which starred Rebecca Jenkins and Molly Parker, and follows three estranged sisters as they’re taking care of their dying mother. Some of Elliot’s following roles were in the 2003 biographical movie “Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story”, the 2004 drama movie “Ghost Cat”, and the 2004 science fiction mystery series “ReGenesis”.
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In 2006, he played Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat in the critically acclaimed science fiction action movie “X-Men: The Last Stand”, which starred Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart, and was directed by Brett Ratner. It follows a war within the mutants, and the movie won seven of its 47 award nominations. The remainder of the decade saw Elliot appear in the 2007 drama movie “The Stone Angel”, the 2008 romantic comedy film “Smart People”, and the 2009 sports movie “Whip It”.
In 2016, he portrayed the title role in the romantic comedy movie “Tallulah”, which also starred Allison Janney and was written and directed by Sian Heder. It follows a Manhattan housewife who’s hired a stranger to babysit her child, and the film was nominated for two awards. Some of Elliot’s most recent roles have been in the 2017 mystery horror movie “Flatliners”, the 2019 drama series “Tales of the City”, and the action adventure comedy series “The Umbrella Academy” from 2019 through 2022.
Elliot’s won 45 of his 121 award nominations, including his 2008 Oscar nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role and a 2008 BAFTA Film Award for Best Leading Actress, both for “Juno”.
Elliot seems to be single as of June 2023, while it’s known that he was once in a secret relationship with American actress Kate Rooney Mara.