X Men star Ellen Page has revealed she has taken encouragement from her co-star in her latest movie as she prepares to direct her first feature.
The 26-year-old Canadian stars opposite Arbitrage actress Brit Marling in new espionage thriller The East, which was produced and co-written by 29-year-old Brit.
Speaking at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie, which also stars True Blood hunk Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen said her colleague's achievement had inspired her.
"Watching her and the director Zal Batmanglij and how they make things, and their passion and intent for being creative, I've learnt at lot and it's been incredibly inspiring.
"That encourages you to harness your own abilities and hopefully move forward and hopefully pull it off."
Ellen's directorial debut Miss Stevens is set to star Anna Faris as a high school drama teacher and is slated for release in 2014.
Turning to The East, which focuses on an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks on major corporations, Ellen said she was already fascinated by the topic
."These issues were something I was already interested in and so that is one of the reasons I was attracted to the project. The ethical murkiness is very compelling because that is what life is right now, it's hard to know how to be alive, how to make the right choices when we see the injustice in the world and the atrocities committed by corporations in the name of profit," she said.
The East hits UK cinemas on June 28.