Elliot sits down with Oprah for a new interview (Picture: Eric Faison)
Elliot Page has told Oprah Winfrey it was ‘crucial and important’ to come out as transgender with the community coming under attack.
The Umbrella Academy star received support from all over the world when he publicly came out as trans back in December, and is now opening up about the decision.
Previously explaining that he knew he was a boy from the age of a toddler, Elliot is now speaking out after a series of ‘hateful and cruel’ bills have been passed in the US, preventing trans people from getting the medical help they need and stopping them from playing sports in the gender they identify with.
Speaking with Oprah in her new show The Oprah Conversation, Elliot explained he felt it was ‘imperative’ to talk about his own journey in order to support others who may be hiding who they truly are.
He said: ‘I was expressing this to people in my life much before posting that letter, and telling people for the first time and knowing I wanted a moment to become comfortable in myself and to be able to get to that point.
‘For me, in 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.’
Elliot felt compelled to come out publicly in support of trans youth (Picture: Getty)
Elliot is currently filming the latest series of The Umbrella Academy in Toronto (Picture: Netflix)
The full interview, released on Apple TV+ on Friday, will see Oprah and Elliot discuss at length his new gender identity, and what it means to come out after years in the spotlight presenting as female.
Now more comfortable in his skin, Elliot got emotional as he explained his happiest moments come in the most basic of things – getting out of the shower.
‘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”, he said.
‘I’m not having the moment where I’m panicked, I’m not having all these little moments that used to be…
‘Just being in a T-shirt. It’s being able to touch my chest and feel comfortable in my body for the, probably the first time. Tears of joy.’
The Oprah Conversation with Elliot Page airs Friday April 30 on Apple TV+.
Credit: Original article published here.