Elliot Page Says He ‘Knew He Was A Boy’ As A Toddler

Elliot Page Toddler: The Umbrella Academy star has said he ‘knew he was a boy’ even as a toddler. 
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Elliot Page has said he ‘knew he was a boy’ even as a toddler. 

The actor has opened up about his childhood in a new interview with Vanity Fair, hosted by Oprah Winfrey, four months after coming out as a transgender man. 

In the discussion, the 34-year-old told the American TV host: “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.

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Oprah Winfrey
Elliot Page opened up about his journey to Oprah Winfrey. Credit: Apple TV+ via YouTube

“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.”

He continued: “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.”

The Umbrella Academy star then admitted that he wasn’t always certain about coming out. 

He explained: “My feelings aren’t really linear. 

“I feel emerging joy and excitement one moment, and then in the next, profound sadness reading about people wanting to take gender-affirming health care away from children. I feel so grateful to be at this place in my life, and I want to use the strength I have to help in all the ways that I can.

“The reason you and I have the privileges we have is because people have sacrificed so much for so, so, so long and put everything on the line.”

The Oscar-nominated actor announced on Twitter that he identified as transgender in December last year. 

Page told fans he was feeling fortunate to ‘have arrived at this place’ where he felt comfortable enough to express his true self. 

He then expressed his gratitude to the trans community, thanking them for their ‘courage, generosity, and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place’.

Just two months after coming out publicly, the actor filed for divorce from his wife, Emma Portner, who he married in 2018.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.