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Elliot Page Says He Knew He Was A Boy When He Was A Toddler

Jess Hardiman

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Elliot Page Says He Knew He Was A Boy When He Was A Toddler

Actor Elliot Page has said he '100 percent' knew he was a boy when he was a toddler, explaining that he now feels 'really able to just exist'.

Page - who is known for starring in Netflix series The Umbrella Academy, Christopher Nolan's Inception and 2007 film Juno, among others - revealed he was trans back in December last year, having shared an emotional statement on social media.

The statement said: "I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive."

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Page told trans journalist Thomas Page McBee about his experience growing up, saying he could never understand why adults kept telling him he wasn't a boy.

McBee told Page that he didn't feel he was born in the wrong body, but was born in a trans body, asking the star if that had been the same for him.

Credit: Instagram/Elliot Page
Credit: Instagram/Elliot Page

Page replied: "All trans people are so different, and my story's absolutely just my story.

"But yes, when I was a little kid, absolutely, 100 per cent, 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'. 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."

Page said that if he were able to go back and say something to himself as a child - or to a trans kid today - he would 'tell them that they were 100% real'.

"I would tell myself I was exactly who I saw myself as, and felt myself as, and knew myself as," he added.

Credit: Instagram/Elliot Page
Credit: Instagram/Elliot Page

Page also said that the most significant difference between now and just a few years ago is that he's 'really able to just exist'.

He told McBee: "I would imagine you'll understand where I'm coming from - just exist by myself, like be able to sit with myself.

"Not have some constant distraction, all these things that aren't conscious or aren't even overly overt.

"For the first time in, I don't even know how long, [I am] really just being able to sit by myself, be on my own, be productive, and be creative.

"It's such an oversimplification to say it this way, but I'm comfortable.

"I feel a significant difference in my ability to just exist - and not even just day to day, but moment to moment."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Elliot Page

Topics: Entertainment, Celebrity

Jess Hardiman
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