In early December 2020, Elliot Page – formerly Ellen Page – came out as transgender. Four months after this announcement, the latter gave an intimate interview to Time in which he gives himself without filter on his new identity. A testimony of which he is proud. “With deep respect for those who have come before me. I am grateful to those who have supported me and have great concern for the generation of trans youth we all need to protect. Please join- me and denounce anti-trans legislation, hatred and discrimination in all its forms, “he wrote on Instagram, captioning a photo taken during his interview with the magazine.
In this lengthy interview, Elliot Page delves into his childhood memories and recalls that at the age of nine he “felt” like a boy after being allowed to cut his hair very short. “I wanted to be a boy. I asked my mother if I could be one someday,” he says. It is also with a very short cut that it is displayed today.
“I didn’t recognize myself”
Elliot Page’s life turned upside down during the pandemic, especially during the first lockdown. “I had a lot of time, alone, to really focus on things that I think I was avoiding subconsciously. I was finally able to accept being transgender and let myself become fully what I am,” explains he does. The actor had therefore prepared his announcement in advance and expected “a lot of support, love and a huge amount of hate and transphobia”. And he assures us that “that’s essentially what happened”.
To feel better about himself, Elliot Page underwent a first physical transformation: he had his chest removed. A decision that “changed” the life of someone who no longer recognized himself. “For a long time, I couldn’t look at a picture of myself. It was also difficult to watch movies, especially those where I play a female role,” he says. At 34, Elliot Page can finally say it: “I finally am who I am.”
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