Elliot Page feels joy he never thought possible after the transition

Elliot Page feels joy he never thought possible after the transition

The actor also said he hopes the people who make nasty comments about his transition can “embrace” the fact that his life has improved “drasically”.

In December 2020, Oscar-nominated actor Elliot Page came out as transgender.

In a statement posted to his Instagram page at the time, Elliot said he was “lucky writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.”

“I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self,” he added.

The star made history as the first trans man to appear on the cover of Time, where he said he “felt like a boy” since age 9, explaining, “I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could ever be.”

More recently, Elliot has opened up about the devastating impact being transgender had on him when he first rose to fame, with the actor just 20 years old when he got his big break as the title character in the 2007 film. Juno

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In an essay for Esquire published earlier this month, Elliot revealed that the expectations he had about the film’s success nearly killed him after he was forced to wear a dress to every press event.

“When Juno was at the height of his popularity, at the awards ceremony, I was in the closet, wearing heels and the whole look,” he wrote. “I wasn’t okay, and I didn’t know how to talk to anyone about that.”

Referring to Junos Speaking at the Toronto Film Festival premiere, Elliot added, “I said I wanted to wear a suit, and Fox Searchlight basically said, ‘No, you have to wear a dress.'”

“They made me wear a dress, and… that was that. And then all those… Juno press, all photo shoots – Michael Cera was wearing slacks and trainers,” he continued. ‘People can easily roll their eyes, but you know what? No. That was really extreme, extreme shit. Regardless of whether I’m trans!”

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Elliot then wrote: “I get that people don’t understand. “Oh, fuck you, you’re famous, and you’ve got money, and you had to wear a dress, boo-hoo.” I don’t understand that response. But that’s mixed with: I wish people would understand that shit literally almost killed me.”

“I struggled with food. Intense depression, anxiety, severe panic attacks. I couldn’t function,” Elliot explained. “When I was in my early to mid-twenties, I didn’t know how to tell people how unwell I was. I would judge myself for it. I lived life and my dreams came true, and everything that happened.”

Since the transition, Elliot has admitted to being happier than ever, and performing on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday, the star said he now feels joy and presence that he never thought possible.

“I want to focus on – and it was so extraordinary – the degree of joy I feel and the degree of presence I feel that I never really thought possible for a long, long time. That’s what I focus on and embrace ,” Elliot told the host.

But he went on to confess that “moments can be overwhelming” when asked about the negative reaction his very public transition can receive.

“I’m so sorry because we’re all on the same team here; whether you’re trans, gender nonconforming, cis, we all have these expectations and these limits and limitations because of people’s obsessions with the binary and how we should all live our lives,” Elliot said. “So for me it would be so special for all of us to connect and talk about how similar we are in all of our travels.”

Elliot added that he hoped the people who made nasty comments about him could “embrace” the fact that his life has improved so drastically by switching.

“The times in my life when I was most uncomfortable, most unwell, were times when I was most angry and most unkind to myself,” he said. “It has drastically improved my life, and I hope that people who have a problem with me can try to hear that and embrace it on some level.”

And ultimately, the transition made Elliot a better person, with the actor saying of his past, “A lot of times I just tried to move forward and [wasn’t] to embrace the experience as much as I can now. I think it made me better in so many facets; as a person, as a friend, in relationships.”

Elliot also praised The Umbrella Academy showrunner, Steve Blackman, for incorporating his transition into his character’s storyline for the Netflix series.

The show’s third season premiered Wednesday and includes the moment when Elliot’s character becomes Viktor.

The scene was written by Thomas Page McBee, who is also transgender, and Elliot told Seth, “I’m proud of it and excited for people to see it.”

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McBee previously told Esquire that season 3 scripts were already locked in when Elliot came out, with production only coming two weeks later. However, Blackman was “passionate” about including Elliot’s real transition on the show.

“The task would be to graft a transition story over the intricate plot of an ensemble show,” the writer explained. “Elliot and I had a long chat about when and how Viktor discovered his gender identity, and the ways in which he might embody that identity in Season 3.”

“Steve and I used Elliot’s insights as a starting point to form an economic narrative and lay it neatly over those existing scenes — a story that reverberated where Elliot was in his own transition process at the time of the shooting,” concluded. McBee.

And while it’s only been out for a few hours, Viktor’s transition has already garnered a lot of praise from fans of the show.

The Umbrella Academy dealing with Elliot Page’s transition and having Viktor’s transition on the show is so powerful, it’s done so beautifully, so far the heart is full,” one person tweeted.

The umbrella academy that handles Elliot Pages’ transition and has Viktor’s transition in the show is so powerful, it’s done so beautifully, so far the heart is full

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Another wrote: “@UmbrellaAcademy fantastic treatment of Viktor coming out – was absolutely heartwarming and so proud of @TheElliotPage – double affirmation of my favorite show.”

@UmbrellaAcad fantastic treatment from Viktor coming out – was absolutely heartwarming and so proud of @TheElliotPage – double affirmation of my favorite show

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