Elliot Page opened up to Esquire magazine about how difficult it was on his mental health to have to harden the awards season press tour for Juno while being in the closet.
The Jason Reitman-directed abortion drama served as a breakthrough for Page, who earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as the title character.
“When Juno was at the height of its popularity, during awards-season time, I was closed, dressed in heels and the whole look – I wasn’t okay, and I didn’t know how to talk about that with anyone,” Page said.
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Page pinpointed one moment during the Juno rollout in executives at the film’s distributor, Fox Searchlight, demanded he wear a dress on the red carpet. The actor preferred to wear a suit but his request was denied.
While the Juno pre-dated release Page coming out as transgender, he stressed that forcing anyone to wear a certain type of clothing is “f—ed up.” Page pointed out there are many heterosexual cis women who don’t like to wear dresses, so it’s not like this is just a trans issue.
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“I remember going and having the thing I wanted to wear, and then understanding the degree of expectation of how fancy someone is supposed to look. So I said I wanted to wear a suit, and Fox Searchlight was basically like, ‘No, you need to wear a dress,'” Page said.
“And they took me in a big rush to one of those fancy stores on Bloor Street. They had me wear a dress, and…that was that. And then all the Juno press, all the photo shoots – Michael Cera was in slacks and sneakers. I look back at the photos, and I’m like…?”
Page continued, “And it’s easy for people to roll their eyes, but you know what? No. That was really extremely, extremely f—ed up. I shouldn’t have to treat it like just this thing that happened – this somewhat normal thing. It’s like: No. Regardless of me being trans! I’ve had people who’ve apologized about things: ‘Sorry, I didn’t know, I didn’t know at the time.’ It doesn’t matter! It doesn’t matter if I’m trans or cis. Lots of cis women dress how I dress. That has nothing to f—ing do with it.”
head over to esqure’s website to read Page’s cover story in its entirety.
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