Elliot Page has revealed some of the scarring pain and transphobia he's faced throughout his life.
In a piece for Esquire, the 35-year-old Canadian actor dished out various personal details and reflected on several challenges he's faced since coming out as transgender in December 2020.
One troubling incident the star recalled was being forced to wear a dress and heels while at the premiere for the hit coming-of-age indie movie, "Juno," at the Toronto International Film Festival.
He told the studio, Fox Searchlight, he wanted to wear a suit, but he was rushed into a newly-bought dress while he watched co-star Michael Cera wear simple slacks and sneakers.
"When 'Juno' was at the height of its popularity, during awards season time, I was closeted, dressed in heels and the whole look — I wasn’t OK, and I didn’t know how to talk about that with anyone," Page explained.
Page revealed that that incident, while the film was "blowing up" in popularity, was particularly distressing when was in his 20s.
"I wish people would understand that that shit literally did almost kill me," he expressed, adding he's had to have many conversations playing "devil's advocate" with cisgender people claiming they could comfortably wear an article of clothing like a skirt.