Elliot Page Feels Joy He ‘Never Really Thought Possible’ Since Transitioning After Revealing ‘Juno’ Almost Killed Him

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

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

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

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

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

More recently, Elliot spoke about the devastating impact being transgender had on him when he first rose to fame, with the actor only being 20 when he got his big break. as the main character in the 2007 film. Juno.

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

“When Juno was at the height of its popularity, during awards season i was locked in, wearing heels and the whole look,” he wrote. “I was not well, and i didn’t know how to talk about it with anyone.”

SEO Junos premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, Elliot added, “I said I wanted to wear a costume, and Fox Searchlight was basically like, ‘No, you have to wear a dress.'”

“They made me wear a dress, and…that was it. And then all the Juno press, all photo shoots – Michael Cera was in pants and sneakers,” he continued. “It’s easy for people to roll their eyes, but you know what? No. It was really extremely, extremely screwed up. It doesn’t matter that I’m trans!

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Elliot then wrote: “I understand that people don’t understand. ‘Oh, fuck you, you’re famous, and you have money, and you had to wear a dress, boo-hoo.’ I don’t understand this reaction. But it’s mixed in with: I wish people understood that this shit literally almost killed me.

“I struggled with food. Intense depression, anxiety, severe panic attacks. I couldn’t function,” Elliot explained. how sick I was. I would be sorry. I was living life and my dreams were coming true, and everything that was happening.”

Since transitioning, Elliot admitted to being happier than ever, and during an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers On Tuesday, the star said he now feels a joy and a presence he never thought possible.

“I want to focus on – and this has been 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 “the moments can be overwhelming” when asked about the backlash his very public transition may receive.

“I feel like it’s so unfortunate because we’re all on the same team here; whether you’re trans, gender nonconforming, cis, we all have these expectations and limitations and constraints because of people’s obsessions with binary and the way we’re all meant to live our lives,” Elliot said. “So for me, it would be so special for all of us to be able to connect and talk about our similarities in all of our journeys.”

Elliot added that he hopes people who have made nasty comments about him can “accept” the fact that his life has improved dramatically as a result of the transition.

“The times in my life when I was the most uncomfortable, I was the sickest, were the times when I was the most angry and the meanest to myself,” he said. he shares. “It’s made my life so much better, and I hope people who have a problem with me can try to hear that and come to terms with it on some level.”

And ultimately, the transition made Elliot a better person, with the actor saying of his past: “Most of the time I was just trying to move on and [wasn’t] get to embrace the experience as much as I can now. I think it made me better in many ways; 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 on Wednesday and includes 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 I’m glad people see it.”

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McBee previously told Esquire that scripts for Season 3 were already locked when Elliot was released, with production slated for just two weeks later. However, Blackman was “passionate” about including Elliot’s real-life transition in the series.

“The job would be to graft a transitional story onto the complex plot of an ensemble show,” the writer explained. “Elliot and I had a long conversation about when and how Viktor came to find out about his gender identity, and how he might embody that identity in Season 3.”

“Steve and I used Elliot’s insights as a starting point to carefully shape and overlay an economic narrative over these existing scenes – a narrative that echoed where Elliot was in his own transition process at the time of the filming,” McBee concluded.

And despite only being out for a few hours, Viktor’s transition has already garnered praise from fans of the show.

The Umbrella Academy managing Elliot Page’s transition and having Viktor’s transition on the show is so powerful, it’s done so well so far, hearts are full,” one person tweeted.

The umbrella academy that handles the transition of Elliot Pages and the transition of Viktor in the series is so powerful, it’s been so well done so far, the heart is full

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Another wrote: “@UmbrellaAcademy fantastic handling of Viktor’s release – was absolutely heartwarming and so proud of @TheElliotPage – double confirmed my favorite show.”

@UmbrellaAcad fantastic handling of Viktor’s exit – was absolutely heartwarming and so proud of @TheElliotPage – double confirmed my favorite show

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