(NOTE LANGUAGE) Umbrella Academy star Elliot Page opened up in a new interview about how much his life has changed since coming out as transgender late last year.
Speaking to Vanity Fair on Wednesday, ahead of his upcoming tell-all interview with Oprah, the 34-year-old actor says that, for the first time in his life, coming out has allowed him to finally feel at peace.
“The most significant difference is that I’m really able to just exist,” said Page. “I’m comfortable. I feel a significant difference in my ability to just exist—and not even just day to day, but moment to moment.”
Beyond being able to “sit with myself” and “be productive, and be creative,” the Juno star says coming out lifted a tremendous weight off his shoulders.
“This is the first time I’ve even felt really present with people, that I can be just really relaxed and not have an anxiety that’s always pulling,” he described.
The Oscar-nominee also noted that coming out has helped his mental-health and fueled a “massive explosion of creativity,” noting he teamed with his best friend and wrote his first screenplay, started making music and is working on another project he cannot reveal just yet.
“I am just a lot more f***ing comfortable and present,” he explained, noting the positive change he’s seen in his productivity now that he’s not wasting energy on “feeling uncomfortable, constantly checking my body [and] just feeling unwell.”
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