Elliot Page detailed his demons before coming out as trans and spoke of Hollywood’s need to “go so much further” after MeToo.
The actor, 36, was seen heading to BBC Studios where he chatted with Lauren Laverne as he continues to promote his new Pageboy memoir on Monday.
While appearing on his show, Elliot spoke about his release since coming out as a trans man in 2020 and how his early career in Hollywood was stymied by gender and gay issues. .
Asked by Lauren about how Hollywood has evolved in the wake of MeToo, he said: “The industry needs to go a lot further. There have been changes and more conversations, there is more representation but there is still a lot to do.
Additionally, Elliot explained that prior to coming out, his brain was “consumed with shame, dysphoria, and discomfort,” but he’s been able to “reclaim his creativity” since revealing and embracing his true self. identify.
Candid: Elliot Page detailed his demons before coming out as trans and spoke about Hollywood’s need to “go so much further” after MeToo
He said: ‘I feel like I’ve got my own creative life back and I can be creative in a way that I couldn’t before because my brain was busy and eaten up by an unhealthy thing – by shame , dysphoria and my discomfort. ..
“How that manifested blocked a lot of that and now I feel most embodied, most confident and most present and it’s led to so much creative force and excitement.”
Elsewhere in the chat, Elliot explained why he wrote his book, he said: “There were a few factors – first of all, it was the first time in my life that I could sit down to do such a something to feel comfortable in my self and my body…
“I had a space in my brain that was taken up with not-so-beautiful things, so the feeling of writing was so uplifting and in that moment trans people face so many attacks, anti-rhetoric -trans and lies about our lives .. .
“It was a good opportunity to use my platform to share my story, because people sharing their stories have helped me so much, so if it helps someone and allows people to be seen, it means the world for me”.
Of the emotional nature of the story, he said, “There were of course times when I felt overwhelmed and anxious about the endeavor I was undertaking, but I was so lucky with the people I worked with and in many ways I felt like the words were flowing…
“Obviously I’m just one person and that’s my experience. My life doesn’t reflect the lives of most trans people. The privilege I have, the resources I have, the access to health care health, so all I can do is share my story.
Then: Elliot is pictured in 2006, while still identifying himself as Ellen
Speak out: The actor, 36, was seen heading to BBC studios where he chatted with Lauren Laverne as he continues to pave the way for promotion for his new memoir Pageboy on Monday
That was then… On his Oscar nomination for Juno, he said: “Juno is a great example of that, because the experience of directing the film was one of the best I’ve had, I really enjoyed it and loved playing the character”
On the experience of writing the book, Eliot continued, “It was definitely a fascinating experience to go back and sit with those times in my life and some of the positives and some of the negatives and difficult…
“It was a validation to start from the beginning and reflect on my earliest memories which were all gender related and the bewildered hope I felt about how I was perceived and how I knew myself and how much that affected me. continued throughout my life…
“I wondered why it took so long, so he was exploring that through all these stories in the book.
How acting helped him, he said: “Acting was very positive in the sense that it allowed me to escape and to have a space to feel emotions that I could not feel in my everyday life …
“At the same time, it diverted the course I was playing girls, which caused complications to get where I want to be in life.”
On his Oscar nomination for Juno, he said, “Juno is a great example of that, because the filmmaking experience was one of the best I’ve had, I really enjoyed it and I love it. loved playing the character…
“The promotion was very different and think back to the sadness and bad luck of this character so special and I feel like my homosexuality and transit was part of it, who she was and how she dressed…
“It resonated with younger audiences and then as far as the Hollywood machine and the Oscars trail goes, I was hiding my girlfriend and dressing up and pushing to do it while the other parts of who I am are what makes it special”.
At the peak of his success, he said, “I look back in a way that seems crude. it’s hard to look back when your “dreams come true” and i felt so ungrateful and unwell. It was not a moment of celebration for me.
Open: While appearing on his show, Elliot spoke about his release since coming out as a trans man in 2020 and how his early career in Hollywood was stymied by gender and gender issues ‘homosexuality
Fashionable: He cut a good figure as he headed for the interview