"When you have the privilege of being able to express yourself and be heard, you have to do everything you can to talk about others." In the columns of M Le Magazine du Monde, Elliot Page stands ready. Ready to tell his life, his successes as well as his failures, professional and in love. But above all ready to make visible the existence of trans people. He who publicly announced his transition in 2020 publishes this Wednesday, June 7 an autobiographical book, Pageboy.
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Homophobia in Hollywood
At 36 years old, the Canadian interpreter of Juno (2007) does not care what will be said. Moreover, he is already preparing to face a "huge wave of hatred", but nothing stops him. She has never spared this hatred. Not even before his transition. In the chapter titled "Famous asshole at a party," Elliot Page recalls that in 2014, when he was identified at the time as a woman and had come out as gay, a well-known artist verbally assaulted him at a birthday party in Los Angeles, telling him, "You're not gay. It doesn't exist. You're just afraid of men. I'm going to fuck you so you understand you're not gay."
Secret affair during Juno
In Pageboy, Elliot Page takes stock of his romantic relationships. We discover on this occasion that he dated the actress Olivia Thirlby. An affair that started on the set of Juno. "We started having sex all the time: in his hotel room, in our trailers at work, once in a tiny private room in a restaurant," he says, as reported by The Independent.
Idyll with Kate Mara
The hero of Umbrella Academy (Netflix) also tells to have lived a love story in 2014 with the actress Kate Mara, seen in the films The Secret of Brokeback Mountain, The Fantastic 4 or in the series House of Cards. "The first person I fell in love with after being heartbroken was Kate Mara. She had a boyfriend at the time, the charming and talented Max Minghella." The latter, who can be seen in The Social Network or The Handmaid's Tale, would have had nothing to complain about his girlfriend at the time, and even said he was in favor of Kate Mara exploring her feelings for Elliot Page. "I never thought I could be in love with two people. Now I know, "would have confided the actress to the author of Pageboy.
"It was right after I came out as gay and it was a time of exploration, but also heartbreak," Page said. "I think my relationship, or whatever you want to call it, with Kate sums up a certain dynamic that I was constantly in, which is falling in love with people who – I think many of us are – not totally available. The security it provides, the ups and downs, the serotonin surge, and then it goes away. I think it's really a trend in my life."
Leonardo DiCaprio's Boost
Before coming out, Elliot Page claims to have dated a relative of Leonardo DiCaprio, met on the set of Inception (2010). "Peter was warm to everyone, with keen eyes. When I saw Leo next, I told him that I liked his friend, to which he replied that his friend liked me too. For our first date, we went to Universal Studios with Leo and his mother. Peter and I were sitting nearby on the rides, our thighs brushing against each other."
One thing is certain: with Pageboy, Elliot Page wants to assume who he is. Because he has nothing to hide, he says out loud what he has often thought in a whisper, just to put an end to years of personal and psychological wandering. A destiny possible thanks to immense support. In a message published on Instagram on December 1, 2020, he had expressed his gratitude to the people who helped him "throughout this journey", and by extension sent a message of hope to the trans community: "For all trans people who face harassment, self-loathing, abuse and threats of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better."