Elliot Page, 35, became a transgender man in December 2020, 13 years after starring in the movie Juno that made him famous (Elliott was then a girl and known as Ellen). As the actor admitted in a new interview with Esquire, although the film made him famous, he was still deeply saddened. During a promotional campaign for the picture, producers forced Elliot to dress in public events in which he felt out of place.
The actor suffered from depression, panic attacks and eating disorders – Page lost so much weight that he fainted several times. “I was out of order and didn’t know how to talk about it with anyone. In my early 20s, I didn’t know how to tell people how bad I was. I reprimanded myself for it, ” they shared.
Elliot recalled a special occasion when the Fox Searchlight production company told him he had to wear a dress to the Los Angeles premiere of Juno, despite being asked to allow him to wear a suit. The actor said that since then, some people have apologized for forcing him to wear women’s clothes – he argued that he didn’t know he was transgender. However, Page believes that the producers should not have instructed them to wear clothes regardless of their gender identity, and called it disgusting.
Page admitted that at the height of his fame, his psycho-emotional state was so dire that he sometimes couldn’t even leave home or work. “I had a constant feeling of running away from my body, an endless feeling of worry and anxiety,” the actor admitted. But when he came out everything changed. Page concluded, “I know I look different from others, but to me, I just end up looking like myself. It’s indescribable. The greatest joy is just being able to feel real.”