Actor Elliot Page sat down for a wide-ranging talk with Oprah Winfrey that airs April 30. He discusses what it was like to come out as trans and gets emotional about the wave of anti-trans legislation in the US. ET has a clip:
Page also spoke with Thomas Page McBee, a trans actor and journalist who met Page in 2018 during filming of the Tales of the City reboot. Page opened up to Vanity Fair about what life was like now:
The most significant difference is that I’m really able to just exist. I would imagine you’ll understand where I’m coming from—just exist by myself, like be able to sit with myself. Not have some constant distraction, all these things that aren’t conscious or aren’t even overly overt. For the first time in, I don’t even know how long, [I am] really just being able to sit by myself, be on my own, be productive, and be creative. It’s such an oversimplification to say it this way, but I’m comfortable. I feel a significant difference in my ability to just
Like many trans people, Page knew at an early age that something was up:
All trans people are so different, and my story’s absolutely just my story. But yes, when I was a little kid, absolutely, 100%, I was a boy. I knew I was a boy when I was a toddler. I was writing fake love letters and signing them “Jason.” Every little aspect of my life, that is who I was, who I am, and who I knew myself to be. I just couldn’t understand when I’d be told, “No, you’re not. No, you can’t be that when you’re older.” You feel it. Now I’m finally getting myself back to feeling like who I am, and it’s so beautiful and extraordinary, and there’s a grief to it in a way.
Be sure to check out the Oprah interview after reading the VF piece!
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