Speaking in a recent interview, Elliot Page has opened up about his childhood, his gender transition, and about how difficult it was wearing a dress in the past.
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And his words have resonated with so many people.
The interview has meant a lot to many people.
Now, actor Elliot Page has 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."
"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. 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."
He then asked for "patience" as he navigates his new identity.
"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 praising Page and offering their support...
Tonight we watched the Schitt’s Creek finale documentary and just wept uncontrollable tears. And on this day Elliot… https://t.co/7boR5MsbcB— Christopher Canning (@Christopher Canning) 1606877623.0
And it's clear that Page's decision to come out as trans resonated with so many people.
The actor has, of course, kept to himself over the past few months...
And although the news of him filing for divorce from his wife, Emma Portner, hit global headlines earlier this year, the star seems to be living the life he's always dreamed of.
And his first interview since coming out came in March.
In the new cover story for this month's Time magazine, Page opened up about his childhood and coming out as transgender.
"What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia. That's essentially what happened. I felt like a boy. I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday."
The actor then opened up about making the huge decision to undergo top surgery.
He emphasized that being trans isn't all about surgery, but explained that having it "has completely transformed my life."
"We know who we are. People cling to these firm ideas [about gender] because it makes people feel safe. But if we could just celebrate all the wonderful complexities of people, the world would be such a better place," Page said, "It's a complicated journey and an ongoing process.
Although Page's journey has been a long and difficult one...
It seems as if the actor is finally in the place they have always wanted to be in.
But earlier this week, Page sat down for a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The interview will be airing on Apple TV tomorrow and Page has discussed the upcoming interview and the issues he's faced since coming out as trans with Vanity Fair.
And his strong words about transphobia and the struggles of being transgender touched so many people.
Page firstly noted the differences he felt since publicly addressing that he was trans.
The actor noted that they are now more comfortable within themself and commented that "the most significant difference is that I'm really able to just exist."
They also noted that they now feel "present."
As the interview continued, Page discussed his work and how things have changed.
They noted that because they feel more comfortable, it may impact their acting work; while noting that he wasn't sure exactly how their work would be different in the future.
On the back of discussions about creativity, Page commented that transphobia blocks creative outlets for people:
"Transphobia in our society shuts so many people out. Think of all the individuals that don't get a chance to thrive, that don't get a chance to have a future, that don't get a chance to share their magic with us."
The actor went on to acknowledge that his experience is unique, but also discussed how they felt about their identity in the past.
"When I was a little kid, absolutely, 100%, I was a boy. I knew I was a boy when I was a toddler. I was writing fake love letters and signing them 'Jason'. Every little aspect of my life, that is who I was, who I am, and who I knew myself to be," he explained.
"I just couldn't understand when I'd be told, 'No, you're not. No, you can't be that when you're older.' You feel it. Now I'm finally getting myself back to feeling like who I am, and it's so beautiful and extraordinary, and there's a grief to it in a way."
Page reflected on their feelings and discussed why they wanted to speak with Oprah about coming out...
And they listed one of the primary reasons as the rhetoric of anti-trans activists.
On the back of this, Page stated that their one message to a younger version of themself would be that "they were 100% real," adding that they would tell their younger self to "hold on and keep going."
You can check out a teaser for Page's interview with Oprah below:
In another part of the interview, Page opened up about wearing a dress when he starred in Inception.
Page was promoting the Christopher Nolan film back in 2010.
And claims they had to wear heels and a dress 'pretty much every single night'.
But things got really dark in Paris.
Opening up, Page explained that he was given three dresses to choose from and: "I just like, I lost it. I got so... it was like a cinematic moment. The kind of thing that would be in a movie."
Eventually he picked a dress.
But, he added:
"And that night, after the premiere at the after-party, I collapsed. That was something that's happened frequently in my life, usually corresponding with a panic attack. I'm sure the two correlate, and the whole period correlates."
"Ultimately, it's every experience you've had since you were a toddler, people saying, 'The way you're sitting, that's not ladylike, the way you're walking, you're walking like a boy, the music you're listening to as a teenager, the way you dress' - every aspect of who you are being looked at and put in a box in a very binary system."
And Page says that: "This is what it leads to!"
Thankfully Page seems way more comfortable now he can live life how he wants.
And it's great that he's raising awareness.