Elliot Page on how his loved ones reacted to news of his transition

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Actor Elliot Page beamed as he revealed his life “improved drastically” after choosing to live his truth.

The actor — who is known for starring in Netflix’s smash hit, “The Umbrella Academy” — came out as transgender in December 2020, saying his pronouns would be he/they.

In a statement on Instagram, Page announced his new name would be Elliot.

And while he received waves of mixed reactions from strangers on social media, Page revealed the people closest to him welcomed the news with open arms.

“I feel really grateful for that,” the 35-year-old said on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.”

“Most people weren’t surprised. It’s something that I’d been talking about with a lot of people in my life.”

The actor -- who is known for starring in Netflix's smash hit, "The Umbrella Academy" -- came out as transgender in December 2020.
The actor — who is known for starring in Netflix’s smash hit, “The Umbrella Academy” — came out as transgender in December 2020.
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And when it comes to facing negative responses from keyboard warrior-haters online, Page admits he’s learned to brush it off.

“What I want to focus on right now, and has been so extraordinary, is the degree of joy that I feel, the degree of presence that I feel,” he said.

“I feel a way that I really never thought possible for a long, long time. So that’s really what I’m focusing on and embracing the most. But of course, moments can be overwhelming.”

Page revealed the people closest to him welcomed the news with open arms.
Page revealed the people closest to him welcomed the news with open arms.
elliotpage/Instagram

Page said the fact he still faces negativity over his decision to transition is “unfortunate.”

“It’s like, we’re all on the same team here, you know? Whether you’re trans, gender-nonconforming, or Cis(gender), we all have these expectations and these limits and constraints, because of people’s obsession with the binary and how we’re all supposed to live our lives,” he added.

Page gushed over his life now, saying it’s improved “drastically.”

“And I hope people who do have an issue with me can maybe try and hear that or embrace that on some level,” the actor added.

Elliot Page beamed as he revealed his life “improved drastically” after his transition.
Elliot Page beamed as he revealed his life “improved drastically” after his transition.
Lloyd Bishop/NBC via Getty Image


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