The Journey of Elliot Page, Who Embraced His True Gender at 33, After Knowing He Was a Boy All Along

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On December 1, 2020, actress Ellen Page underwent a significant transformation on her social media accounts, reemerging as Elliot, a male identity. This surprising move garnered attention as posts from Elliot started circulating online. As a result, Netflix promptly updated the credits of their films and series to reflect this change. Additionally, Twitter expressed overwhelming support with a post that exclaimed, “So proud of our superhero! We love you.” Below, we have thoroughly documented the story’s inception, closely tracking Ellen’s transition to Elliot.

Life in the body of a woman

Paige found success in the film industry, presenting as female. Ellen began her acting career at the young age of 10, landing her first role as Maggie MacLean in Pit Pony. Her debut was an instant success, earning her a nomination for the Young Artist Award and opening doors to more job opportunities. By turning 18, Page had already accumulated over a dozen roles in various films and TV series, showcasing her talent and dedication to her craft.

A significant milestone in Page’s career is their leading role in the film Juno. Renowned film critics hailed Page as “frighteningly talented,” and the movie itself was lauded as one of the best films of the 2000s. At 20, Page became the fourth youngest nominee for the Academy Award for Best Actress, an extraordinary achievement.

The start of a new life

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Despite achieving apparent success, Page found herself feeling incomplete. For years, from childhood, Page had sensed that they were different. Even as a young girl, Page identified more with being a boy, signing their name as Jason and asking their mother if they could grow up as a man. Despite the passage of time, that lingering question and the struggle with self-acceptance regarding their gender persisted.

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A few days before turning 27, Page made a public announcement. Firstly, he revealed that he was attracted to women and later that he had found his ideal partner, dancer and choreographer Emma Portner, whom he married in 2018. Their relationship has had an unconventional trajectory, with Portner previously being married to a woman and divorcing a man. The couple separated in 2020, and their divorce was finalized in early 2021.

Life in the body of a man

On December 1, 2020, Elliot Page courageously announced his identity as a man on his social media platforms. He expressed his preferred pronouns as he/they and unveiled his new name: Elliot. His decision was met with widespread support from fellow celebrities, and he has since been recognized as an inspiration to countless transgender and non-binary individuals. Even his spouse publicly expressed admiration, stating that “Trans, queer, and non-binary people are a gift to this world.”

Furthermore, Elliot Page made history as the first transgender man to grace the cover of Time magazine. For this momentous photoshoot, he specifically requested a photographer who could genuinely comprehend his experience and accurately capture his essence as a transgender man. In an interview with Time, Elliot candidly shared about his journey, including his gender reassignment surgery, which he described as not only changing his life but saving it.

Finally able to embrace his true identity as a man, Elliot expressed that he has always been who he is now, deep within himself, all his life.

Elliot expresses his genuine excitement about being able to act as his authentic self in his own body, remarking, “No matter the challenges and difficult moments of this, nothing amounts to getting to feel how I feel now.” Finally living in harmony with his true self and appearance, Elliot’s life is now enriched with moments of pure joy that were once absent. Simple, everyday things like coming out of the shower with a towel wrapped around his waist now bring him happiness. Looking in the mirror, he can confidently say, “There I am,” as he revels in the newfound joy of being true to himself.

The surgical transformation not only impacted Elliot’s physical appearance but also sparked a surge of creativity within him. Since coming out to his loved ones, he has been infused with inspiration, resulting in writing a film script, pursuing music, and working on a memoir to empower and uplift countless individuals. While working on set, Elliot has not experienced significant changes except feeling comfortable in his male body.

Why Page talks about it so much

Elliot is often credited with inspiring numerous transgender individuals to embrace their true selves, but the actor holds a different perspective. Despite the overwhelming support received upon coming out, Page sees himself as an activist fighting for the rights of transgender people. He aims to raise public awareness about crucial issues using his platform and privilege. As he expressed, “My privilege has allowed me to have resources to get through and to be where I am today and, of course, I want to use that privilege and platform to help in the ways I can.”

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During an interview, Elliot was asked what he would convey to his younger self if granted the opportunity to travel back in time. After contemplating, the actor responded with deep reflection, saying, “I would tell myself I was exactly who I saw myself as, and felt myself as, and knew myself as.”


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