(Toronto) Elliott Page says his time alone in Nova Scotia in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic made him aware of his body and realize that he was indeed a transgender man.
The Halifax-born actor has spoken privately with host Oprah Winfrey. He said during the interview that being out of the entertainment spotlight when everything stopped last year finally allowed him to take the time to listen to himself.
“Maybe this was the first time in my life that I really felt so relaxed and so lonely,” said the 34-year-old actor who appeared in public as a transgender last December.
“It was very difficult for me to sit with myself. I think I realized that accessing this space, in addition to being surrounded by nature, was like entering a state of relaxation.”
Elliot Page chatted with M.I Winfrey as part of an interview series Opera conversation Broadcast on Apple TV +. The exchange made available to subscribers was recorded on Friday while Elliot Page was in Toronto and the host was in Hawaii. However, editing allows us to believe that the duo are in the same room.
Throughout his fifty-minute exchange, Elliott Page provided insights into his life growing up in a “very binary” system of gender norms amplified by the Hollywood star system. He says he felt “a deep discomfort and a detachment from his body” in puberty. Condition worsened when he found himself immersed in an Oscar race upon the film’s release Juno.
He said, “I remember feeling impossible to express my discomfort because obviously there was so much enthusiasm.”
“The movie was a tremendous and unexpected success, and I became very famous … all that made me feel unable to express the extent of the suffering that inhabited me,” reveals the actor 14 years after the film’s release.
Today Elliot Page says he feels empowered to use his appearance on various platforms to condemn the destructive speech of transgender people, homophobia and other anti-LGBT voices.
In the United States, bills are being introduced to restrict the rights of transgender youth in parts of the country, affecting various issues such as health care and access to sports competitions.
The actor particularly stresses the issue of access to healthcare for the transgender community, stressing that he has never felt happy since he underwent surgery.
“I want people to know that not only has it changed my life, but I think it can save lives and that this is the case for a lot of people,” he begs.
When asked to speak to young transsexuals who face relentless attacks against transgender people, Elliot Page replied, “I want to tell them I see them. They exist. They are real.”
“I want young people to know that they are loved,” he added.
“I will continue to do what I can to help society change the way it treats transgender people.”
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