Elliot Page has taken part in his first interview since coming out as transgender, revealing that he can finally be himself and “just exist” in the world.
The Oscar-nominated star who announced he was a transgender man in December last year, opened up to trans journalist Thomas Page McBee for Vanity Fair about his journey so far.
“All trans people are so different, and my story’s absolutely just my story. But yes, when I was a little kid, absolutely, 100 percent, I was a boy,” he says.
“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.”
Elliot explains that for the first time, he has let go of the constant anxiety he was feeling:
“The most significant difference is that I’m really able to just exist. I would imagine you’ll understand where I’m coming from – just exist by myself, like be able to sit with myself. Not have some constant distraction, all these things that aren’t conscious or aren’t even overly overt. For the first time in I don’t even know how long, really just being able to sit by myself, be on my own, be productive and be creative.”
The Vanity Fair interview comes ahead of Elliot’s interview with Oprah Winfrey which is dropping on Apple TV+ this Friday.
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In a two-minute preview posted to his Instagram, Elliot is heard telling the media queen why it was so important for him to live life authentically:
“For me, I think in this time we’re in right now, and especially with this horrible backlash we’re seeing towards trans people, particularly trans youth, it really felt imperative to do so,” he says.
“It felt important and selfish for myself and my won wellbeing, and my mental health. And also with this platform I have, the privilege that I have, and knowing the pain and the difficulties and struggles I faced in my life, let alone what so many other people are facing, it absolutely felt crucial and important for me to share that.”
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