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“I Want to Play Those Roles”: Elliot Page Says Hollywood Still Typecasts Trans Actors

Elliot Page is a brave person. He is also an accomplished actor. The Oscar Nominated star of the Umbrella Academy is one of the most famous trans men in the world, today. However, life hasn’t always been easy for him. In a piece written in Esquire, he opens up about various aspects of his life and his opinion on things. We take a closer look at the things he said in this article.

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Elliot Page On His Childhood and Schooling

Elliot Page opens up about his life
Elliot Page

It seems Page had a rough childhood and had to face persistent bullying throughout his school years. He writes:

“I went to a different school every year during high school, so I never really had that single teacher mentor. When I left Halifax to go to Toronto in grade eleven, I thought the bullying would lessen, in regard to what people were clearly bullying me about. And that wasn’t the case at all. Bullying puts you in a place where, later, you have so much unlearning to do. If you’re getting teased and made fun of and called names on a daily basis, there’s no way that’s not going to get inside of you—particularly when you’re already feeling so much shame.”

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Reaction To His Transition

Elliot Page opens up about his life
Elliot Page is an Oscar nominated actor

Transphobia has unfortunately been an enduring issue in society. Page had to face a lot of hate, and transphobia after he came out as a trans man. Page writes:

“The reaction to my transition? I didn’t expect it to be so big. In terms of the actual quality of the response, it was what I expected: love and support from many people and hatred and cruelty and vitriol from so many others. I came out as gay in 2014, and it’s different. Transphobia is just so, so, so extreme. The hatred and the cruelty is so much more incessant.”

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On Being A Trans Actor In Hollywood

Being a Trans person in Hollywood is not easy, Elliot is a trailblazer. However, he writes that Hollywood still typecast trans actors.

“I think when people say, “Oh, he’ll want to play cis male characters now,” the sensation I get is that the subtext is: They think that would be an accomplishment for me. Versus: I’m trans, I’m queer, and I want to play those roles. When I get asked, “Are you worried about getting typecast?” You wouldn’t say to J-Law or Rooney Mara or someone, are they worried about getting typecast as cis straight women? But at the same time, of course, I want a space where trans people are getting cast as cis characters. Of course.”

What do you think of Elliot Page, his life, and his work? Let us know your opinion in the comments section below.

Source: Esquire

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Written by Angad Singh

Lawyer, news junkie and about a dozen other things.