Drew Barrymore had nothing but praise for Canadian actress Ellen Page at today’s TIFF conference to promote her new movie, Whip It. Though Page is best known for her starring role in the American film Juno, Barrymore says she had the actress on her radar before the movie came out. “I actually asked her to do this movie before she even shot ‘Juno’ so getting to watch her go through that journey I was just so excited for her,” said Barrymore, a first time director, who also plays a role in the film. “Ellen is the real deal,” she added. “She’s one of the most talented actresses on the planet and she’s young, but she’s very wise and you know, she’s an old soul. And that was part of her character, being a new person coming into this world, but she’s quite the unique individual and we just all fell in love with her.” Whip It, which premieres tonight, also screens Monday at 11 a.m. at the Visa Screening Room (Elgin) and on Friday at 12 p.m. at Ryerson.