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Elliot Page opens up on his decision

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    May 3, 2021 9:45 AM +0430

    Elliot Page opens up on his decision to transition and why he came forward

    "This is the first time I’ve even felt really present with people," Page said.

    Actor Elliot Page is opening up about his life since coming out as transgender late last year.

    In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, which was released Friday on Apple TV+, the 34-year-old actor is speaking about his decision to transition.

    “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 -- it absolutely felt just crucial and important for me to share that,” he said.

    Page also spoke about why now -- more than ever -- it was important to share his story with the public.

    “For me, I think it is, in this time we’re in right now, and especially with this, you know, horrible backlash we’re seeing towards trans people, particularly trans youth, it really felt imperative to do so,” he said.

    Prior to his interview with Oprah, Page spoke to trans journalist Thomas Page McBee for Vanity Fair. Page said that for the first time in his life, coming out has allowed him to finally feel “comfortable.”

    "The most significant difference is that I'm really able to just exist," he told McBee. "Not have some constant distraction, all these things that aren't conscious or aren't even overly overt ... 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."

    Beyond being able to "sit with myself" and "be productive, and be creative," Page, known for starring in projects including "Juno" and "The Umbrella Academy," said that he now feels he can be more present with others. slotpg

    "This is the first time I've even felt really present with people, that I can be just really relaxed and not have an anxiety that's always pulling," he said.

    The Oscar-nominee also said that coming out has helped his mental health and fueled a "massive explosion of creativity." Page said he teamed up with his best friend and wrote his first screenplay, started making music and is working on another project he said he cannot reveal just yet.