Elliot Page opens up in more detail to deal with gender dysphoria at the height of his fame as a child actor before his recent transition.
Page, now 34, gave his first TV interview since switching to Oprah Winfrey on Apple TV +. During the sit-down released on Friday, the “Umbrella Academy” star recalled the frequent panic attacks he battled behind closed doors at movie premieres and glamorous after parties.
Page specifically points to a moment when he “collapsed” at an after-party for “Inception.” The Christopher Nolan-directed film with Page, Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was released in 2010.
“There was so much press, so many premieres all over the world,”
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Page said his manager “really thought she was helping me” by giving him more dress options to wear to the parties. But Page now recalls that it did the opposite.
“But we came back to the room and she was like ‘I have a surprise. “I already had to wear a dress I had already chosen and I went in and there were three dresses laid out, like new dresses to maybe see, and I just like, I lost it,” Page said. .
“It was like a cinematic moment, like the kind of thing that would be in a movie, you know?” Told Page Winfrey. “That night after the premiere and the aftermath, I collapsed, and it was something that often happened in my life, usually equivalent to a panic attack.”
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Despite the difficulties, Page has celebrated his transition in recent months in interviews, where he expresses that he is now able to live authentically. Speaking to Winfrey, Page credited the “many trans women of color” for paving the way for others and putting “their lives at stake throughout history.”
“I’m grateful to have access to the resources I have because I do not know what would have happened if I did not,” Page said. “I do not know how to say anything other than it just feels more important than feeling scared in moments. It feels more important than if I have an overwhelming day. To me, it simply feels like the right thing to do.”
Page first came out as a transgender in December 2020 on Twitter.
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His announcement came six years after he went public as a gay man at a conference in Las Vegas for educators and counselors working with gay youth. In 2018, star partner Emma Portner married herself although the two announced in early January that they were divorcing.
In his original statement, Page asked for “patience” while navigating his transition. While admitting that his “joy is genuine”, the Hollywood star reminded fans that it is also a “fragile” thing to get out.
Prior to Page’s sitting down with Winfrey, he discussed how the transition has changed his life.
“The most significant difference is that I’m really able to just exist. I can imagine you understanding where I’m coming from – just existing alone, like being able to sit with myself. Not having any constant distraction, all these things that are not conscious or not even overly obvious, ”Page told the outlet.
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“For the first time in, I do not even know how long, [I am] really just being able to sit alone, be alone, be productive and be creative. It’s such a simplification to say it this way, but I’m fine. I feel a significant difference in my ability to just exist – and not even just day to day, but moment to moment. “