Ian McKellen Praises Elliot Page for Coming Out as Trans | 22 Words

As we all know, The Umbrella Academy actor Elliot Page recently came out as transgender.

After floods of support and praise from fans and fellow actors all around the world, beloved actor Sir Ian McKellen has now spoken out about his interaction with the star and has praised him for his bravery.

Read on to hear what he had to say...

Now, Sir Ian is best known for playing Gandalf the Wizard in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

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The eighty-one-year-old British actor has become something of a legend in the film industry.

And it's safe to say...

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He's lived a very impressive life!

He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1991 for his services to the performing arts...

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And since 1988, McKellen has been openly gay and has done an awful lot for the LGBTQ+ community.

The actor has campaigned strongly for gay rights for years now...

And he has become a big figure in gay scenes all around the world.

And this brings us to today's story.

Last month, The Umbrella Academy and Juno actor Elliot Page came out as transgender, with them explaining they will be from now on using he/they pronouns. Floods of support and praise came in for Page immediately after from both fans and fellow actors.

McKellen included!

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He has recently spoken out publically about Page's transition, and people just can't get over his heartwarming comments...

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He has voiced his support for Page, who he started with in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand...

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But also admitted he was disappointed in himself for not seeing the signs in a new interview with Attitude.

McKellen said he’s "so disappointed" in himself for not realizing Page was struggling with their identity.

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"Everything gets better [when you come out] because you get self-confidence," McKellen explained. "So you get better in terms of relationships, friends of all sorts, family, if you’re lucky. And in my case, I think in every case, your acting is bound to change and improve."

Recalling his experience working alongside Page, McKellen added:

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“I remember Elliot Page, in one of the X-Men, sat as close as we are now. And I had to speak when they’d finished, and I couldn’t hear what they were saying. Nobody could hear what they were saying." "So, I said, ‘Look, if you can’t speak up, would you mind when you’re finished speaking, just dropping your hand so I know when you’ve finished speaking?’"

McKellen then added...

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"And then they came out [as gay] years later and suddenly you couldn’t stop them talking. You heard everything."

The actor went on:

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"And now… they’re Elliot. And I’m so happy for Elliot. And so disappointed in myself that I didn’t detect what their difficulty was with communicating."

What a lovely message of kindness and acceptance!

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And for more Page's journey, read on...