(It's also the film that caught the attention of Jason Reitman, who directed Juno.) 'I think of some of the things they've allowed me to do,' Page says of her parents, 'and I think, "Wow." When I was 16 my parents let me live alone in Europe [to film Mouth to Mouth], and I may have had wine once in a while.I may leave out some details about some experiences,' she says with a laugh. I've got a lot of support and I'm not pushed so hard that I feel like I'm going to burn out, which is what happens to a lot of actors in their early twenties.' Although Page's parents separated when she was a child (she has two step-siblings from her father's first marriage), it is clear that she is close to both of them.She is so small (barely 5ft) that you feel as if you could put her in your pocket. It's her first blockbuster since X-Men: The Last Stand and a far cry from the whip-smart, pregnant, punk-loving teen she played in Juno at the age of 19.Ariadne, her character in Inception, is a recent recruit into the world of dream espionage.Many lasting friendships sprang up among the Whip It cast, not least between the director and its star.Since the end of filming Page and Barrymore have been to Las Vegas together for their birthdays, celebrated the New Year in Mexico and frequently appear together at rock concerts in Los Angeles. Drew always brings such a positive energy.' Like Page, Barrymore was a star from a young age and has no doubt counselled Page about the perils of early fame – and of the press.
'It was absolutely mind-blowing,' she says of the experience.Indeed, there has been some catty speculation about Page's sexuality, including an 'is she or isn't she?' blog post by a prominent columnist for the Village Voice in New York.'She's just learning about these ideas and, in essence, she assists the audience in learning about dream sharing,' she says.'It's about how extractors can tap into a subject's dreams and gather information.' If this sounds a little cryptic it may be because the production has been shrouded in secrecy. And I think I maybe even had a picture of Leo in my locker at school. ' Page was already acting herself by then; she was cast in Pit Pony, a film for Canadian television, at 10 years old and continued to work throughout her school years.