Last December, actor Elliot Page posted an emotional Instagram that came out as transgender, announcing that he is using the pronouns he / she is using. (The actor’s first name pays homage to the main character in ET.) He’s been open-ended ever since – most recently in an interview with Vanity Fair and another with Oprah Winfrey, which airs on Apple TV + on Friday.
“For the first time I don’t even know how long [I am] I can just sit alone, be alone, be productive and be creative, ”Page told Vanity Fair. “Don’t have constant distractions, all of those things that are not consciously or not even overly open.” Page knew “absolutely 100 percent” that he was a boy when he was a toddler. But only now has he “actually felt really present with people – I can just be really relaxed and not be afraid that always pulls.”
What has given him the greatest joy since the transition, Page said to Winfrey: “It’s the little one [things]. When you get out of the shower with your towel around your waist and you look in the mirror, all you say is, ‘Here I am. ‘“However, he’s afraid to balance that excitement with activism, especially with such a pivotal moment in trans life. The more than 100 bills for transgender people, and especially youth, currently governed by law in several states “will be responsible for the deaths of children.” When I spoke with Winfrey, I felt like an opportunity to take advantage of a wide-ranging platform to speak from my heart about some of my experiences and the resources I could access – whether therapy or surgery – that made it possible for me alive to live my life. “
Page said he discussed his gender identity with people in his life long before he appeared on Instagram. The latter was both a call to action and an attempt to reach out to transgender youth. “The experience I’d had for so long …” said Page. “You know, I came out gay just before my 27th birthday. Until then, I had hardly ever touched anyone outside that I was in love with. And so I think I feel like I’m feeling this again – I just couldn’t do it. It felt important and selfish to me and my own well-being and sanity. “
Right now, Page is in the midst of a “massive explosion of creativity”. That means you’ll soon be seeing, or hearing, more of him on screen in the animated films Naya Legend of the Dolphin and Robodog, as well as the animated series ARK. But the actor is also branching out: since announcing his transition, Page has written a script and recorded music.