Elliot Page made history this week as the first transgender man to ever appear on the cover of Time magazine. The Canadian actor also opened up in an interview about his decision to come out last year and the overwhelming responses he’s received.
The 34-year-old’s cover is projected to be for the magazine’s forthcoming issue under the headline “I’m fully who I am,” and that’s the exact energy Elliot gave off in his interview. This also marks Page’s first ever major media interview since disclosing his gender identity on his social media last year.
He made the announcement back in December on his Instagram and Twitter by posting the same note on both platforms. He revealed to the world that his pronouns were “he/they” and that they finally felt like they were living their true authentic life.
“What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia. That’s essentially what happened.”
The actor has earned past Oscar nominations for their role in 2008’s Juno and is also known for his roles in Inception and X-Men. In the interview, Page claimed that he felt like a boy from a young age, and recalled a “feeling of triumph” when they were allowed to cut their hair short at the age of 9.
Page previously came out as gay back in 2014, and discussed the process of coming out then versus now. He also described his decision to undergo top surgery, a decision he claimed “completely transformed” his life for the better. He then transitioned into breaking down the struggle that trans people face in terms of equality, specifically within the entertainment industry as well.
Page describes Hollywood’s “crushing standards and pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity” that would confuse anyone who’s unsure of their gender identity.
“Extremely influential people are spreading these myths and damaging rhetoric — every day you’re seeing our existence debated. Transgender people are so very real.”
Additionally, the cover was shot by transgender photographer Wynne Neill, who posted the cover shot to their Instagram this week, describing the project as a “dream assignment.”
“I’ve been wanting this and working towards this for so many years. I’m so proud of Elliot and I’m so grateful to the trans elders who risked everything to make this moment happen.”
Page also posted the cover to Instagram with a heartfelt caption that read: “With deep respect for those who came before me, gratitude for those who have supported me and great concern for the generation of trans youth we must all protect, please join me and decry anti-trans legislation, hate and discrimination in all its forms.”
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.