Hollywood Actor and Oscar Nominee, Elliot Page, has spoken publicly about his transgender status in a sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In what is regarded as his first broadcast on the discuss, since announcing his transition through an open letter on social media, Page expressed a seemingly sense of duty to speak following the backlash from wave of laws in states across the US, limiting young transgender people from accessing certain medical treatments or in some cases participating in sports.
The 34-year-old also highlighted an appreciable level of comfort in his ‘new body’ during the exclusive session with Oprah Winfrey.
“I was expressing this to people in my life much before posting that letter, and telling people for the first time, and knowing I wanted a moment to become comfortable in myself and to be able to get to that point.”
“For me, 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.” Page stated.
The Netflix personality almost broke down after Winfrey touched on intimate questions concerning the transition.
“Getting out of the shower and the towel’s around your waist and you’re looking at yourself in the mirror and you’re just like, ‘there I am’. And I’m not having the moment where I’m panicked, I’m not having all these little moments that used to be…”
“Just being in a T-shirt. It’s being able to touch my chest and feel comfortable in my body for the, probably the first time. Tears of joy.” He expressed.
Elliot Page, whose followership increased dramatically after playing Vanya Hargreeves in Netflix superhero series; The Umbrella Academy, also took to Instagram to share a brief part of the interview posting;
“My feelings aren’t really linear. I feel emerging joy and excitement one moment, and then in the next, profound sadness reading about people wanting to take gender-affirming healthcare away from children.”
“I feel so grateful to be at this place in my life, and I want to use the strength I have to help in all the ways that I can. How can I feel grateful for my joy, and embrace my joy, and allow myself to have that joy – but then put that joy and that love into action?”