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Fans And Allies Have Nothing But Love For Elliot Page’s ‘Time Magazine’ Interview

"No matter the challenges and difficult moments of this, nothing amounts to getting to feel how I feel now.”

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Elliot Page has opened up to TIME magazine about his childhood, his privilege, and how his working life has changed for the better since coming out.

From Reese Witherspoon to Mark Ruffalo to Monica Lewinsky, Page’s TIME interview is being received with an outpouring of love from celebrities, allies and fans alike. “I’m fully who I am,” the cover quotes over a handsome picture of Page. If you can make it through the entire interview without shedding tears of joy, you’re stronger than I.

The interview begins with Page discussing his childhood, explaining he “felt like a boy” for as long as he could remember and even asked his mum if he could be one someday. Cutting his hair short at a young age, he says, made him feel like himself. But his rise to stardom meant that this joy was to be short-lived.

“I became a professional actor at the age of 10. Of course, I had to look a certain way.”

Elliot Page also discusses the incredible depression and anxiety he experienced due to his success on the big screen. “I just never recognized myself. For a long time, I could not even look at a photo of myself.”

Alia Shawkat a close friend, and Page’s co-star in Whip It also spoke to TIME. “He had a really hard time with the press and expectations. I’d be like, ‘Hey, look at all these nice outfits you’re getting,’ and he would say, ‘It’s not me. It feels like a costume.’”

Even after coming out as gay in 2014, wearing suits on the red carpet, making a masculine wardrobe a condition of taking roles, and asserting more agency in his career by producing his own films with LGBTQ leads — Page still felt a disconnect. “Did the discomfort in my body ever go away? No, no, no, no.”

Page said it was his time in lockdown that pushed him to wrestle with his feelings about his gender. “I had a lot of time on my own to really focus on things that I think, in so many ways, unconsciously, I was avoiding.”

Eventually, this “discomfort” gave way to revelation. “I was finally able to embrace being transgender and letting myself fully become who I am.” This revelation eventually led to Page’s coming out on Instagram with the pronouns he/him and they/them. The name Elliot is a reference to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

“I loved E.T. when I was a kid and always wanted to look like the boys in the movies, right?”

On what’s next for him, Page is both excited and scared. “My privilege has allowed me to have resources to get through and to be where I am today, and of course I want to use that privilege and platform to help in the ways I can.”

Page is currently working on season 3 of The Umbrella Academy, which he says has been both fulfilling and a little awkward. “I’m really excited to act, now that I’m fully who I am, in this body. No matter the challenges and difficult moments of this, nothing amounts to getting to feel how I feel now.”

This includes the feeling of having short hair again, of which Elliot Page said, tearing up, “I just could not have enjoyed it more.”


Merryana Salem (she|they) is a proud Wonnarua and Lebanese–Australian writer, critic, teacher, researcher and podcaster on most social media as @akajustmerry. If you want, check out their podcast, GayV Club where they gush about LGBT rep in media. Either way, she hopes you ate something nice today.