DeKalb, IL — Actor Elliot Page opened about his coming-out journey in an interview with Oprah Winfrey.
In a preview clip, Page discussed the issues facing the trans community and feeling comfortable in his own body. The interview is available on Apple TV+.
“It felt important and selfish for myself and my own well-being, and my mental health, and also with this platform I have, the privilege that I have, and knowing the pain and the difficulties and the struggles I faced in my life, let alone what so many other people are facing,” Page said. “It absolutely felt just crucial and important for me to share that.”
Page also talks about the “horrible backlash” trans people are facing at the moment in the U.S., with many states passing anti-trans legislation.
“It was something I needed to sit with for a moment because the backlash right now is so intense,” Page said, according to Vanity Fair. “But the rhetoric coming from anti-trans activists and anti-LGBTQ activists—it’s devastating. These bills are going to be responsible for the death of children. It is that simple.”