Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Apple TV+
Elliot Page broke down in tears of joy during an on-camera interview with Oprah Winfrey airing this week.
The Juno star and the chat show queen sat down for Apple TV+ to discuss Elliot's gender transition, after the Oscar-nominated actor came out as trans in an Insta post on 1 December 2020.
In a clip of the broadcast shared online, Oprah asks Elliot: "What part of your transition has brought you the most joy?"
.@TheElliotPage sits down with @Oprah for his first on-camera interview since coming out as transgender. This is truly a conversation you won’t want to miss. Watch this special episode of #TheOprahConversation April 30 on Apple TV+ pic.twitter.com/PPV0UmapGc— Apple TV (@AppleTV) April 28, 2021
Getting teary Elliot replies: "It's, you know, getting out of the shower and the towel is 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... It's being able to touch my chest and feel comfortable in my body probably for the first time."
The interview - which follows Oprah's headline-generating chat with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle - airs on 30 April
"When I was a little kid, absolutely, 100%, I was a boy"
Elliot has also opened up about his gender journey in a new interview with Vanity Fair.
The star told the publication: "All trans people are so different, and my story’s absolutely just my story. But yes, when I was a little kid, absolutely, 100%, I was a boy. I knew I was a boy when I was a toddler. I was writing fake love letters and signing them 'Jason.'
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"Every little aspect of my life, that is who I was, who I am, and who I knew myself to be. I just couldn’t understand when I’d be told, 'No, you’re not. No, you can’t be that when you’re older.' You feel it. Now I’m finally getting myself back to feeling like who I am, and it’s so beautiful and extraordinary, and there’s a grief to it in a way."
Elliot's interviews follow a wave of anti-trans legislation in the US, in states such as Arkansas and Alabama. According to the Human Rights Campaign, eight bills targeting LGBTQs have been signed into law in 2021 already, with eight more sitting on governors' desks.
Alphonso David, president of HRC, said during a news conference this week: "Just to underscore the severity of these bills and the dangerous threshold we are about to cross: if these bills are enacted, it would mean that states will have enacted more anti-LGBTQ bills this year alone than in the last three years combined."
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