Elliot Page says he's known he was a boy since he was a toddler
He said he now feels "really able to just exist"
Actor Elliot Page has said that he "100 percent" knew he was a boy when he was a toddler. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor said that he could never understand why adults kept telling him that he wasn't a boy.
Page, who's best known for his roles in Netflix's The Umbrella Academy and Christopher Nolan's Inception, revealed that he was trans in December last year in an emotional statement on social media.
Now in a new interview with trans journalist Thomas Page McBee, Page has opened up further about his experience and life growing up.
— Elliot Page (@TheElliotPage) December 1, 2020
Speaking from his own experience McBee told Page that when he was growing up he had felt he was born into a trans body as oppose to the wrong body, and asked the actor whether he had felt the same.
Page said: "All trans people are so different, and my story's absolutely just my story.
"But yes, when I was a little kid, absolutely, 100 percent, 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."
He said that if he could go back and tell his younger self one thing it would be that he would "tell them that they [his feelings] were 100% real."
"I would tell myself I was exactly who I saw myself as, and felt myself as, and knew myself as," he explained.
Page went on to say that the biggest difference now for him compared to a few years ago is that he is "really able to just exist."
The 34-year-old 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."