Elliot Page reveals he underwent top surgery in his first interview since coming out as transgender.
In an interview with Time Magazine published Tuesday, the “Juno” star revealed he had his breasts surgically removed prior to publicly coming out on Instagram December 1, 2020.
In fact, the actor says he was in Toronto recovering when he published his social media note, revealing that he is trans, and that his pronouns are he and they.
“It has completely transformed my life,” he says about the procedure.
Though surgery has made it possible for Page to finally recognize himself in the mirror, he admits that for many other transgender individuals, it is either not necessary or unaffordable.
In the candid interview, Page opened up about his journey, revealing that he “felt like a boy” after getting a short haircut at age 9.
“I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mom if I could be someday,” he said.
After he landed his first role in “Pit Pony,” Page was forced to grow out his hair.
“I became a professional actor at the age of 10,” he said. “Of course I had to look a certain way.”
As Page’s career grew, he struggled with having to mask his true identity at red carpets and magazine shoots.
“I just never recognized myself,” Page admitted. “For a long time I could not even look at a photo of myself.”
Unfortunately, after appearing in blockbusters such as “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Inception,” Page suffered from depression, anxiety, and panic attacks.
During this time, he didn’t know “how to explain to people that even though [I was] an actor, just putting on a T-shirt cut for a woman would make me so unwell.”
By coming forward with his story, Page hopes to bring awareness to transgender issues, including the violence and harassment that trans individuals face on a daily basis.
“My privilege has allowed me to have resources to get through and to be where I am today,” Page says, “and of course I want to use that privilege and platform to help in the ways I can.”
While posting his Time cover on Instagram, Page honored “those who came before me.”
“With deep respect for those who came before me, gratitude for those who have supported me and great concern for the generation of trans youth we must all protect, please join me and decry anti-trans legislation, hate and discrimination in all its forms,” he wrote on his page, adding the hashtags #transgenderrrightsarehumanrights and #protecttranskids.