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12th Jun 2023

Elliot Page says he never felt like a girl and tried to learn how to pee standing up

Steve Hopkins

Page was just four years old at the time

Elliot Page says he never felt like a girl and tried to learn to pee standing up when he was a child.

The revelation is one of many revealed over the last weeks in the lead-up to the release of the actor’s book, Pageboy: A Memoir.

Page, 36, spoke about experiencing intense discomfort in his body, growing up, and how, at age four, he tried to urinate while standing.

Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “I would press on my vagina, holding it, pinching and squeezing it, hoping I could aim.”

Page, who moved to Toronto age 16 to pursue acting, said he threw himself into acting as a way to “feeling things” through the characters he was portraying.

“There was an element of escape,” he explained.

“You’re going to a place where it’s your job to feel and connect as much as possible, and we live in a world that encourages us on some level not to.

“I was feeling things through other characters without permitting myself to do so in my life.”

In 2014, age 26, the Oscar-nominated star, announced he was gay, before coming out as a transgender man in 2020. He appeared on the cover of Time in March 2021, becoming the first openly trans man to do so, and became arguably the most famous trans man on the planet.

One of the more shocking revelations Page has made concerned a threat a famous actor made to him at a party in Los Angeles in 2014.

Page said the actor threatened to rape him to “convince him he wasn’t gay”.

The unnamed star allegedly said to him: “You aren’t gay. That doesn’t exist. You are just afraid of men.”

The actor then threatened: “I’m going to f**k you to make you realise you aren’t gay.”

Page went on to explain how the pair ran into each other at the gym a few days later when the actor told him he “didn’t have a problem” with gay people, to which Page replied: “I think you might.”

Page told People that he chose not to name the celebrity, but insisted several people were present at the party when the incident occurred, and that the person will know “it’s him” when he hears about the book.

Rather than wanting to expose the actor, Page said he included the incident in the book to highlight “the reality, the s*** we deal with and what gets sent to us constantly, particularly in environments that are predominantly cis and heterosexual”.

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