In a recent sit down with Oprah Winfrey, Elliot Page opened up about coming out as transgender.
It was in December 2020 that Page revealed he is transgender. He faced many struggles before coming out, some of which he detailed in the latest episode of The Oprah Conversation.
Elliot Page collapsed at Inception after-party and suffered panic attacks
Speaking to Oprah, Elliot Page recounted one major episode that occurred during the promotions of Inception. This was around the time “it was becoming way too detrimental for my mental health to wear feminine clothing,” he shared.
The incident occurred during the Paris leg of the campaign. Page’s manager wanted to surprise him with three dress options even after he had already selected one. “And I just like, I like, I lost it,” Page went on. “It was like a cinematic moment, you know, the kind of like thing that would be in a movie…”
“And that night, after the premiere, and at the after-party, I collapsed and that was something that’s happened frequently in my life, usually corresponding with a panic attack.”
“And yeah, I’m sure the two corollate and that whole period correlates,” the Umbrella Academy actor added.
“But ultimately, of course, it’s every experience you had since you were a toddler – saying, the way you’re sitting, that’s not ladylike; the way you’re walking, you’re walking like a boy; the music you’re listening to as a teenager, obviously, the way you dress, like, every single aspect of who we are, you know, constantly being looked at and put in a box, in a very binary system. And that all, you know, that’s what it leads to.”
Elliot Page previously told Vanity Fair that he knew he was a boy since a very young age. “I knew I was a boy when I was a toddler,” he said.
He cried “tears of joy” talking about what brings him happiness now
Elliot Page got teary-eyed when Oprah Winfrey asked him what brings him the most joy, now that he has transitioned. Page said it’s the little things, like wearing a T-shirt or wearing a towel around his waist after a shower. “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 Oscar-nominated actor said it’s an “incredible” feeling and he finally feels like himself now.