Opening up in his first interview since coming out as transgender in December 2020, Elliot Page revealed he has since received more job offers than he has in years...
Offers to direct, produce and act.
Read on to hear what the actor had to say and to see how he's doing in the months following him coming out...
Now, Page first rose to mainstream prominence from his native Canada in 2005 with the revenge thriller Hard Candy.
He was lavished with praise for his performance, even bagging an Austin Film Critics Association's Award for the role.
Just 2 years later, he starred in a film we all know and love...
Juno, of course!
The indie flick saw Page receive an Academy Award nomination among several other accolades, including kitty Pryde in the X-Men franchise, Christopher Nolan's Inception, Whip It!, and Sony's reboot of Flatliners.
Page has also made the crossover into production.
Oh, and how can we forget?
You may also recognize the star for their role in the Netflix smash hit The Umbrella Academy.
Page has also been a prominent figure among LGBTQ+ fans for quite some time now...
And has long been an advocate for the community.
But on December 1st, 2020, he further enriched his legacy.
Page released a statement on social media, coming out as transgender.
In the deeply personal essay, they began:
“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here."
"To have arrived at this place in my life. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey."
“I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer."
He then asked for “patience" as he navigates his identity.
“My joy is real, but it is also fragile," he wrote, “The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared.
"I'm scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the 'jokes' and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture."
Of course, fans immediately began offering their support...
Tonight we watched the Schitt’s Creek finale documentary and just wept uncontrollable tears. And on this day Elliot… https://t.co/7boR5MsbcB— Christopher Canning (@Christopher Canning)1606877623.0
And it's clear that Page's decision to come out as trans resonated with so many people.
The actor has kept to himself over the past few months...
Because as we can imagine, it must have been so overwhelming for Page following their announcement... especially with the divorce looming from his wife, Emma Portner.
But now, Page has spoke out...
In his first interview since coming out as transgender.
In the new cover story for Time magazine, Page opened up about his childhood and coming out as a transgender man.
Speaking of the response, Page said: "What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia. That's essentially what happened."
Page shared that he struggled with his gender identity for a long time.
"I felt like a boy. I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday," he said.
At the age of 9, Page was overjoyed as he was finally allowed to cut his hair short.
But as he secured his first movie break, this feeling soon disappeared:
"I became a professional actor at the age of ten. Of course, I had to look a certain way."
As Page's fame grew, so did his disconnect with how he and the world viewed him.
"I just never recognized myself. For a long time I could not even look at a photo of myself," he explained.
One decision Page made to help with this was to have top surgery.
He emphasized that being trans isn't all about surgery, but explained that having it "has completely transformed his life."
Page also spoke about how the pandemic helped him come to terms with his gender identity.
"I had a lot of time on my own to really focus on things that I think, in so many ways, unconsciously, I was avoiding. I was finally able to embrace being transgender and letting myself fully become who I am."
As for what's next?
Since Page's Instagram post in December, he's received more offers than he has in years.
Offers to direct, produce and act.
Many of which are trans-related, but there are also some "dude roles."
"I'm really excited to act, now that I'm fully who I am, in this body. No matter the challenges and difficult moments of this, nothing amounts to getting to feel how I feel now."
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