The Umbrella Academy's Elliot Page chokes up as he recounts stepping out of shower after transitioning
ELLIOT Page has been seen getting emotional as he spoke to Oprah Winfrey about finally being comfortable in his skin.
The Umbrella Academy star, who came out as transgender in December of last year, has opened up about his emotional transition period.
In a tell-all conversation with Oprah, due to hit Apple TV+ tonight, the 34-year-old said he had known he was a boy since he was a toddler.
Elliot opened up about the moment he saw himself in the mirror for the first time after coming out of the shower following his transition.
"Getting out of the shower and the towel's around your waist and you're looking at yourself in the mirror," he described of the tender moment.
"You're just like, 'there I am'. I'm not having the moment where I'm panicked, I'm not having all those little moments.
"It's being able to touch my chest and feel comfortable in my body probably for the first time. Tears of joy."
Elliot opened up about the "hateful and cruel" bills passed in the US preventing people transgender people from getting medical help.
In the interview, Oprah and Elliot also discuss his transgender journey at length after years in the spotlight presenting as a female.
Elliot explained how he felt it was "imperative" to talk about his journey to encourage others to be who they truly are.
"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," he said.
"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."
"I wanted to talk about it for a couple of reasons. I wanted to share with people just how much it has changed my life," Page also told Winfrey.
"And I want people to know that not only has it been life-changing for me, I do believe it is life-saving and it's the case for so many people… and because there is such an attack on trans health care right now, when already there is such a lack of access or trans people who don't even want to go to the doctor."
In December 2020, the Oscar-nominated actor shared a long letter to fans on Twitter announcing the big news and confirming his new pronouns.
"I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life," he wrote.
The actor further claimed he feels "overwhelming gratitude" for the friends who have supported him, and for finally being able to express his "authentic self."
He then thanked the trans community for their "courage, generosity, and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place."
The Umbrella Academy star asked fans for "patience" as he still feels "fragile".
"I'm scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the 'jokes' and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture," he explained.
The actor said "the statistics are staggering," and "the discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious, and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences."
Despite the risks of coming out, he insisted he "loves being trans" and "being queer."
He then signed off with his new name: "All my love, Elliot."
The Oprah Conversation with Elliot Page airs April 30 on Apple TV+.
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