Actor Elliot Page gets emotional in new interview with Oprah Winfrey
The 34-year-old Oscar-nominated star, who came out as trans in December 2020, is appearing in his first on-air interview, which will air on Apple TV+.
Actor Elliot Page has opened up to Oprah Winfrey in his first on-air interview since coming out as transgender in December 2020.
Page spoke with the media mogul in an interview that will air on Apple TV+ on Friday (Apr 30) as part of Winfrey’s series, The Oprah Conversation. Previous episodes included chats with former US President Barack Obama and country singer Dolly Parton.
In one of the preview clips, the 34-year-old actor – formerly Ellen Page – was shown getting emotional and tearing up as he (Page’s preferred pronoun) talked about what part of his transition journey brought him the most joy.
He said, "It's, you know, getting out of the shower and the towel is around your waist, and you're looking at yourself in the mirror and you're just like 'There I am’. And I'm not having the moment where I'm panicked... It's being able to touch my chest and feel comfortable in my body probably for the first time."
The actor, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for his role in Juno, explained that he was crying “tears of joy”.
Page also told Winfrey, as seen in another preview clip, that it felt imperative for him to detail his coming out journey publicly because of the time we’re in right now where there’s been “horrible backlash” towards trans people, particularly trans youth.
"It felt important and selfish for myself and my own wellbeing and my mental health and also with this platform, I have the privilege that I have and knowing the pain, and the difficulties and the struggles I faced in my life, let alone what so many other people are facing, it absolutely felt just crucial and important for me to share that."
The Umbrella Academy and X-Men actor has also opened up in a new Vanity Fair interview with trans journalist Thomas Page McBee where he said that the most significant difference in his life after coming out as a trans man is that he’s “really able to just exist”. He shared, “This is the first time I’ve even felt really present with people, that I can be just really relaxed and not have an anxiety that’s always pulling”.