Elliot Page speaks to Oprah – finally comfortable in his body
Elliot Page has opened up about his transition and why it was important for him to publicly come out as transgender, in a new televised interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The actor spoke to Oprah in what will be his first TV interview since announcing his transition in December, saying he felt it was his duty to speak out.
Elliot also talks about his body, saying he felt comfortable now for the first time.
In the trailer for The Oprah Conversation interview, Elliot Page said it was “imperative” to go public.
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“I was expressing this to people in my life much before posting that letter, and telling people for the first time, and knowing I wanted a moment to become comfortable in myself and to be able to get to that point,” the 34-year-old told Winfrey.
“For me, in this time we’re in right now and especially with this horrible backlash we’re seeing towards trans people, particularly trans youth, it really felt imperative to do so.”
He was referencing a wave of laws in states across the US that limit young transgender people from accessing certain medical treatments or in some cases participating in sports.
Oprah also asked what part of Elliot’s transition had brought him the most joy.
Getting emotional, he said: “Getting out of the shower and the towel’s 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, I’m not having all these little moments that used to be…
“Just being in a T-shirt. It’s being able to touch my chest and feel comfortable in my body for the, probably the first time. Tears of joy.”
Posting a clip from the interview on Instagram, Page wrote: “My feelings aren’t really linear. I feel emerging joy and excitement one moment, and then in the next, profound sadness reading about people wanting to take gender-affirming healthcare away from children.
“I feel so grateful to be at this place in my life, and I want to use the strength I have to help in all the ways that I can. How can I feel grateful for my joy, and embrace my joy, and allow myself to have that joy – but then put that joy and that love into action?”
The Elliot Page episode of The Oprah Conversation premieres on Friday 30 April on Apple TV+.
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