Elliott Page reveals in more detail how to deal with sexual dysphoria at the height of his fame as a child actor before his recent transition.
Paige, now 34, gave his first television interview since moving to Oprah Winfrey on Apple TV +. During the seat, which came out on Friday, the star of the “Umbrella Academy” recalled the frequent panic attacks he struggled with behind closed doors at movie premieres and glamorous after parties.
Paige explicitly mentions a moment when he “collapsed” on the afterparty for “Home”. The film, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Paige, Leonardo DiCaprio and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, was released in 201
“There was so much press, so many premieres around the world,” Paige said of the madness surrounding the film’s release. “I wore dresses and heels to almost every event.”
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Paige said his manager “really believed he was helping me” by giving him several dressing options to wear to the parties. Paige, however, remembers doing the opposite.
“But we went back to the room and it was like ‘I’m surprised.’ I already had to wear a dress that I had already chosen and I went in, there were three dresses, like new dresses that I might be able to see, and I just liked it, I lost it, ”said Paige.
“It was like a cinematic moment, like something that would be in a movie, you know?” Paige told Winfrey. “The night after the premiere and the afterparty, I collapsed and it was something that happened often in my life, usually corresponding to a panic attack.”
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Despite the difficulties, Paige has celebrated her transition in recent months in interviews in which she has expressed that she can now live authentically. Speaking to Winfrey, Paige credited “many trans women in color” for paving the way for others and putting “their lives online throughout history.”
“I’m grateful to have access to the resources I have because I don’t know what would have happened if I hadn’t,” Paige said. “I don’t know how to say it, except that it just feels more important than feeling scared at times. I feel more important than if I have a predominant day. For me, it really just seems like the right thing to do.”
The page first came out as a transgender in December 2020 on Twitter.
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His announcement came six years after he went public as a gay at a conference in Las Vegas for teachers and counselors working with gay youth. In 2018, the star married his partner Emma Portner, although the two announced in early January that they were divorcing.
In his initial statement, Paige asked for “patience” as she navigated her transition. Although he admitted that “his joy is real”, the Hollywood star reminded fans that it is “fragile” for something to come out.
Before Paige’s seat with Winfrey, he discussed how the transition had changed his life.
“The most important difference is that I can really just exist. I guess you’ll understand where I come from – I just exist alone, like I can sit with myself. I’m not distracted all the time, all these things that are not conscious or they’re not even too obvious, “Paige told the store.
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“For the first time in I don’t even know how long, [I am] in fact, just being able to sit alone, be alone, be productive, and be creative. It’s so simple to say it this way, but it’s convenient for me. I feel a significant difference in my ability to simply exist – and not just day by day, but moment by moment. “