Actor Elliot Page, 34, sat down with Oprah Winfrey for his first on-screen interview since announcing he was trans in December, 2020.
Page—star of such hits as Juno, The Umbrella Academy and Inception—was shown in a clip from the interview crying "tears of joy" when opening up about his transition.
You can watch here:
While the full interview with Winfrey airs April 30 on Apple+, this clip has been circulating around the internet and whetting our appetites.
elliot page content for the tl https://t.co/iQWyTRZyYo— Jordy 🌱 (@Jordy 🌱) 1619626767.0
@VanityFair This is so powerful. What a force @TheElliotPage is. A force that has been hard-earned, and hopefully t… https://t.co/1uQqN3UtNQ— Aaron Vallely (@Aaron Vallely) 1619628455.0
@VanityFair I don't understand how people can hear that voice, the emotion in it, the words spoken, and think this… https://t.co/8LP05XPpEa— Angelo Wentzler, Lord of the Bricks (@Angelo Wentzler, Lord of the Bricks) 1619692167.0
@VanityFair I love Elliot and how thoughtful, eloquent and brave he is...a true advocate from the depth of his soul.— RP (@RP) 1619620768.0
Winfrey asked Page a question often omitted from discussions with trans folk:
"What part of your transition has actually brought you the most joy?"
Page took a moment before answering:
"It's the little… you know, 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…. It's being able to touch my chest and feel comfortable in my body for probably the first time."
@VanityFair Elliot is an incredible human. 💜— Clare⁷ (@Clare⁷) 1619623747.0
@VanityFair What a lovely man. ❤️ He does look quite sad. People can be so intolerant with people’s own individuali… https://t.co/C6gYvu3MyI— Cheeky Monkey (🏡) (@Cheeky Monkey (🏡)) 1619723149.0
@VanityFair @TheElliotPage I am giving you mental hugs, I can relate to your struggle to be honest with yourself an… https://t.co/snY45qdBLq— Skye (they/them) (@Skye (they/them)) 1619633387.0
Page's interview with Oprah comes on the heels of several Republican sponsored anti-trans bills proposed throughout the United States.
Page spoke on that as well and its impact on his decision to share his transition publicly.
"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."
@SkyNews Joy will be something that gets bigger and bigger each time you look in that mirror when the person lookin… https://t.co/Zz9DvV9RR8— Mark Binmore (@Mark Binmore) 1619707849.0
@SkyNews This is so beautiful and touching 🥺😭— Ryan (@Ryan) 1619707772.0
@SkyNews i'm so proud of him 💗— maria 🌿 (@maria 🌿) 1619708395.0
Page knew he was a boy since he was a toddler, according to an interview with Vanity Fair:
"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."
The full interview with Oprah will be streamed on Apple TV+ on Friday, April 30, 2021.