The 34-year-old, whose movie credits include “Inception” and two installments the “X-Men” franchise, will appear on the front of the magazine’s forthcoming issue under the headline, “I’m fully who I am.”
“What I was anticipating was a lot of support and love and a massive amount of hatred and transphobia,” Page is quoted as saying. “That’s essentially what happened.”
The actor, who earned an Oscar nomination for his role in 2008’s “Juno,” also discussed his childhood, saying that he “felt like a boy” from a young age. He recalled the “feeling of triumph” at being allowed to cut his hair short aged 9.
Page, who previously came out as gay in 2014, also spoke about undergoing top surgery, a move he described as having “completely transformed my life.” He goes on to discuss the struggle for trans equality, as well as the entertainment industry’s “crushing standards” and “pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity.”
“Extremely influential people are spreading these myths and damaging rhetoric — every day you’re seeing our existence debated,” he said in the interview. “Transgender people are so very real.”
Page pictured in Toronto in 2019, over a year before publically disclosing his gender identity. Credit: Rich Polk/Getty Images
“I have been wanting this and working towards this for so many years,” Neill wrote in the caption. “I’m so proud of Elliot and I am so grateful to the trans elders who risked everything to make this moment happen.”
Top image caption: Time magazine cover featuring Page. Courtesy TIME.