Elliot Page, in her first interview since coming out as transgender, has appeared on the cover of TIME magazine. In a powerful exchange, the actor has spoken about the fight for trans equality and has shared details of his own fight while embracing his true self.
Titled ‘Elliot Page is ready for this moment‘Katy Steinmetz’s article quotes him as saying that he wanted to get a haircut when he was nine years old and that there was a “sharp sense of triumph” when he finally allowed it. “I felt like a child. I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if she could be one day. “
In fact, Page even visualized “himself as a child in imaginary games, freed from the discomfort of how other people saw him: as a girl.”
The 34-year-old actor came out in december 2020 in a long and heartfelt social media post, reintroducing himself as ‘Elliot’, adding that his pronouns are he / they. The Canadian actor was previously ‘Ellen Page’.
– Elliot’s Page (@TheElliotPage) December 1, 2020
“It’s difficult for him to talk about the days leading up to that revelation,” Steinmetz wrote.
“This feeling of true excitement and deep gratitude for having reached this point in my life, mixed with a lot of fear and anxiety,” Page cited.
While the actor had come out gay in 2014, he said “coming out was impossible” given his career. In the interview, he spoke about “being part of an industry that imposes crushing standards on both actors and viewers.” “There are pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity that define how we are all supposed to act, dress and speak,” Page said.
In an Instagram post, the magazine shared the actor’s photograph, in which he sports a new short haircut, a sweatshirt, a pair of jeans and white shoes, completely casual and comfortable in his skin.
The caption reads: “Understanding one’s gender, an innate and represented, personal and social identity, fixed and evolving, is complicated enough without being under a spotlight that never seems to fade … But having reached a juncture critical, Page feels a deep sense of responsibility to share his truth. “Extremely influential people are spreading these myths and damaging rhetoric – every day you see our existence being debated,” says Page.