Actor Elliot Page has revealed how much happier he feels after having top surgery, and described transitioning as “life-saving”.
“I want people to know that not only has it been life-changing for me, I do believe it is life-saving and it’s the case for so many people,” the actor told Oprah Winfrey on her new show for Apple TV+.
During the interview, Page teared up when Winfrey asked him what has brought him the most joy.
The Oscar-nominated star of Juno, Inception and The Umbrella Academy said it was the little things – like wearing a T-shirt, having a towel around his waist after a shower or touching his chest – that made him “feel comfortable in my body for probably the first time”.
Page said the surgery has given him newfound energy “because it it such a freeing, freeing experience”, adding: “This is incredibly new. I feel like I haven’t gotten to be myself since I was 10 years old.”
The full interview from The Oprah Conversation will be released on Friday.
Page urged officials to support healthcare for transgender people and allow them access to sports. Republican lawmakers across the US are seeking to curtail gender-affirming care and punish doctors who deliver it, as well as banning trans youth from playing sports.
“Children will die,” Page said. “And it really is that simple.”
This week, state legislators in Florida rushed through a bill that would ban trans women and girls from participating in school sports. Critics described the move as “cruel and horrific”.
Page came out as trans in December, an announcement that was widely greeted as a watershed moment for the trans community in Hollywood. He told Winfrey the decision was “imperative” in light of the violence against trans youth.
“It felt important and selfish for myself and my own wellbeing and my mental health,” he said. “And also with this platform I have, the privilege that I have, and knowing the pain and the difficulties and the struggles I’ve faced in my life, let alone what so many other people are facing, it absolutely felt crucial and important for me to share that.”
Associated press contributed to this report