Watch: Elliot Page on Oprah Winfrey: Actor says it was 'crucial' to speak out about transition in first TV interview
Elliot Page has said it was “imperative” to publicly come out as transgender at a time the community feels under attack.
In a trailer for The Oprah Conversation interview, Page said he felt a duty to go public.
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.”
Page was referencing a wave of laws in states across the US limiting young transgender people from accessing certain medical treatments or in some cases participating in sports.
Page is known for an Oscar-nominated role in 2007 coming-of-age drama Juno and for playing The White Violin in Netflix superhero series The Umbrella Academy.
He told Winfrey it “crucial and important” to publicly come out.
Winfrey also asked Page what part of his transition had brought him the most joy.
An emotional Page said: “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’. And 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.”
Page also spoke about undergoing surgery and said he had already had a procedure on his top which had “completely transformed” his life.
Page is gay and came out publicly in 2014 at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive conference for LGTBQ youth. At the time, he said: “I’m here today because I am gay. And because maybe I can make a difference.”
The actor says the former couple “remain close friends.”
Portner voiced her public support for her ex on Instagram after he shared news of his transitioning, writing: “I am so proud of @elliotpage... Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.”
The Elliot Page episode of The Oprah Conversation premieres Friday April 30 on Apple TV+.
Watch: Elliot Page says he 'massive explosion of creativity' after coming out as transgender