Elliot Page Says He ‘Compromised’ His True Identity | 22 Words

Elliot Page has revealed what he had to do in his younger years to succeed in Hollywood.

And his account is heartbreaking...

The star revealed all in a brand new interview...

Read on to hear what the actor had to say about his struggles prior to coming out...

Now, Page first rose to mainstream prominence from his native Canada in 2005 with the revenge thriller Hard Candy.

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He was lavished with praise for his performance, even bagging an Austin Film Critics Association's Award for the role.

Just 2 years later, he starred in a film we all know and love...


Juno, of course!

The indie flick saw Page receive an Academy Award nomination among several other accolades, including kitty Pryde in the X-Men franchise, Christopher Nolan's Inception, Whip It!, and Sony's reboot of Flatliners.

Page has also made the crossover into production.

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Producing and starring in flicks such as Tallulah and Freeheld. 

Oh, and how can we forget?


You may also recognize the star for their role in the Netflix smash hit The Umbrella Academy.

Page has also been a prominent figure among LGBTQ+ fans for quite some time now...


And has long been an advocate for the community.

But on December 1st, 2020, he further enriched his legacy.

Page released a statement on social media, coming out as transgender.

In the deeply personal essay, they began:

“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here."

"To have arrived at this place in my life. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey."

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"I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self."

He continued:

"I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society," he wrote.

“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer."

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"And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all the trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse, and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you, and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better," Page continued.

He then asked for “patience" as he navigates his identity.

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“My joy is real, but it is also fragile," he wrote, “The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared.

"I'm scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the 'jokes' and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture."

Of course, fans immediately began offering their support...

And it's clear that Page's decision to come out as trans resonated with so many people.

The actor has kept to himself over the past few months...

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Because as we can imagine, it must have been so overwhelming for Page following their announcement... especially with the divorce looming from his wife, Emma Portner.

But now, Page has spoke out...


In his first interview since coming out as transgender.

In the new cover story for Time magazine, Page opened up about his childhood and coming out as transgender.

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Speaking of the response, Page said: "What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia. That's essentially what happened."

Page shared that he struggled with his gender identity for a long time.

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"I felt like a boy. I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday," he said.

At the age of 9, Page was overjoyed as he was finally allowed to cut his hair short and found that people finally began to perceive him how he saw himself...

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But as he secured his first movie break, this feeling soon disappeared:

"I became a professional actor at the age of 10 and pursuing that passion came with a difficult compromise. Of course, I had to look a certain way."

Page had a chance to shave his hair off completely when he was sixteen and landed a role in a film called Mouth to Mouth, where he played a young anarchist...

But in 2005 he was asked to wear a wig while auditioning for Hard Candy, and his hair soon grew back.

As Page's fame grew, so did his disconnect with how he and the world viewed him.


"I just never recognized myself. For a long time I could not even look at a photo of myself," he explained.

He faced further stress following his rise to fame, with photoshoots highlighting a disconnect between himself and his Hollywood persona. 

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He even admitted it was difficult to watch his own movies, explaining: "I just never recognized myself. For a long time, I could not even look at a photo of myself."

Page began suffering from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks...


And didn't know how to make people see that "even though [he was] an actor, just putting on a T-shirt cut for a woman would make [him] so unwell."

But despite his struggles, the actor tried to convince himself that he was fine...

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Later admitting that he was exhausted by the work that required him to "just exist."

One decision Page made to help with this was to have top surgery.

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He emphasized that being trans isn't all about surgery, but explained that having it "has completely transformed his life."

Page also spoke about how the pandemic helped them come to terms with their gender identity.

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"I had a lot of time on my own to really focus on things that I think, in so many ways, unconsciously, I was avoiding. I was finally able to embrace being transgender and letting myself fully become who I am."

And after being inspired by transgender icons such as Laverne Cox, Page's "shame and discomfort" gave way to something incredible...

And he "was finally able to embrace being transgender."

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