Elliot Page is sitting with Oprah Winfrey for her first on-camera interview since she announced that she is transgender in December. In a new episode of Oprah’s conversation, broadcast Friday April 30 on Apple TV +, Page cries with joy when he reveals that this is the first time in his life that he feels comfortable in his own body.
Winfrey asked Page what part of her transition had brought her the most joy, and Page emotionally shared that it was her relationship with her body.
“Get out of the shower and the towel is around your waist and you’re looking in the mirror and you’re like, ‘There I am,'” shared an excited Page. “And I’m not having the moment where I’m panicking. I’m not having all these little moments that they used to be, just being in a T-shirt.”
The Umbrella academy Star became increasingly emotional as she described a sense of self that she had never had before.
“It’s being able to touch my chest,” she added as she wiped away her tears. “I feel comfortable in my body, probably for the first time. Tears of joy.”
The Oprah Conversation: Elliot Page broadcasts on Friday, April 30 Apple TV +.
In a lengthy statement shared on Twitter and Instagram, the Oscar-nominated actor proclaimed, “I’m trans, my pronouns are he / they and my name is Elliot.”
“I feel fortunate to be writing this. To be here. To have come to this place in my life. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me on this journey,” Page wrote. “I cannot begin to express how extraordinary it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I have been infinitely inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity, and your relentless work in making this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer all the support I can and continue to fight for a more loving and equal society. “
“I also ask for patience, my joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is that, despite feeling deeply happy at this moment and knowing how privileged I am, I am also afraid, “he continued. “I am afraid of encroachment, hatred, ‘jokes’ and violence. To be clear, I am not trying to muffle a moment that is joyous and that I celebrate, but I want to address the whole picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is pervasive, insidious and cruel, and has dire consequences. “
Page concluded her post by exclaiming, “I love that I’m trans. And I love that I’m queer.”
In a new interview with Vanity fair, Page talked about knowing that he was “absolutely, 100 percent” a kid since he was a little kid.
“I was writing fake love letters and signing them ‘Jason’,” she recalled. “In every little aspect of my life, that’s who I was, who I am and who I knew I was. I just couldn’t understand when they said to me, ‘No you’re not. No, you can’t be that when you’re older.’ You feel. Now I’m finally getting back to feeling like I am, and it’s so beautiful and extraordinary, and somehow there’s pain. “