TORONTO — Elliot Page says time spent alone in Nova Scotia during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic allowed him to connect with his body and open the door to recognizing he was a transgender man.
The Halifax-born actor told Oprah Winfrey in a one-on-one interview that being forced to step away from the entertainment industry during a widespread shutdown allowed him to “fully listen” to himself.
The 34-year-old actor came out publicly as transgender last December.
Page spoke with Winfrey as part of her “The Oprah Conversation” interview series on the Apple TV Plus streaming service.
He says he feels a responsibility to use his platform to speak out against “devastating” rhetoric coming from anti-trans and anti-LGBTQ activists, particularly in the United States.
Page says there were times in his childhood when he recognized he was trans, but wasn’t prepared to tell others. But he says he feels happier after recently having top surgery.
“I want people to know that not only has it been life-changing for me, I do believe it is life-saving and it’s the case for so many people,” he said.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 30, 2021.
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