Discussing his surgery, Paige said, “I want people to know that not only has that changed for me, but I believe it’s life-saving and it’s so for so many people.”
When Winfrey asked what brought him “the most joy” from the transition, the actor got excited and said that small things bring him the greatest happiness.
“You know, you come out of the shower and the towel is around your waist, and you look at yourself in the mirror and you’re just like, ̵
“And I don’t have the moment to panic … It’s the opportunity to touch my chest and feel comfortable in my body, probably for the first time.”
“It’s incredibly new,” he added. “I feel like I haven’t been able to be myself since I was 10 years old.”
In March, he became the first transgender man to ever appear on the cover of Time magazine.
His interview with Winfrey, which aired Friday, comes amid a record year of anti-transgender legislation in the United States, according to advocacy groups.
“The reality of healthcare is that it is supported by medical institutions and it saves lives,” Paige said, discussing some of the proposed bills.
“The children will die,” he added. “And it’s really that simple.”