The actor also said that he hopes that people who make nasty comments about his transition can “embrace” the fact that his life has been “drastically” improved by that.
In a statement then posted on his Instagram page, Elliot said: “I feel happy to be writing this. To be here. That I came to this place in my life. ”
“I can’t begin to express how extraordinary it is to finally love what I am enough to continue with my authentic self,” he added.
The star made history as the first trance man to appear in the film cover Time, where he said that he “felt like a boy” from the age of 9, explaining: “I wanted to be a boy. I would ask my mother if one day I could be. “
Recently, Elliot spoke about the devastating impact that social pressures had on him when he first gained fame, and the actor was only 20 years old when he achieved his great success as the title character in the 2007 film. Juno.
“When Juno was at the peak of his popularity, during the awards season, I was closed, dressed in heels and the whole look, “he wrote.” I was not well, and I did not know how to talk about it with anyone. “
Reference Juno’s premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, Elliot added: “I said I wanted to wear a suit, and Fox Searchlight basically said, ‘No, you have to wear a dress.'”
“They made me wear a dress, and … that was it. And then everything Juno the press, all the photos – Michael Cera was in pants and sneakers, “he continued. “It’s easy for people to roll their eyes, but you know what?” No. It was really remarkable, utterly fucked up. No matter how trans I am! ”
Elliot then wrote: “I understand that people do not understand. ‘Oh, fuck you, you’re famous, and you have money, and you had to wear a dress, bu-hu.’ I don’t understand that reaction. But it’s mixed with: I would like people to understand that that shit literally almost killed me. “
“I struggled with food. Intense depression, anxiety, severe panic attacks. I couldn’t function, “Elliot explained. “In the early and mid-twenties, I didn’t know how to tell people how bad I was. I would blame myself for that. I lived life and my dreams came true, and it all happened. “
Since the transition, Elliot has admitted that he is happier than ever, even during his appearance Late night with Seth Meyers The star said on Tuesday that he now feels joy and presence that he never thought was possible.
“I want to focus on – and it was so unusual – the degree of joy I feel and the degree of presence I feel that I never thought possible for a long, long time. That’s what I’m focusing on and accepting, “Elliot told the host.
But he went on to admit that “moments can be overwhelming” when asked about the negative reaction his transition may experience in public.
“I feel like it’s so sad because we’re all on the same team here; whether you are trans, gender nonconforming, cis, we all have those expectations and those limits and limitations due to people’s obsession with binary and the way everyone should live their lives, ”Elliot said. “For me, it would be so special for all of us to connect and talk about how similar we are on all of our travels.”
Elliot added that he hopes that people who made nasty comments about him could “embrace” the fact that his life was so drastically improved by the transition.
“The moments in my life when I was most uncomfortable, when I was the most unhealthy, were the moments when I was the most angry and unkind towards myself,” he said. “It has drastically improved my life and I hope that people who have a problem with me will try to hear and accept it on some level.”
And finally, the transition made Elliot a better person, and the actor said about his past: “A lot of the time I was just trying to move forward and [wasn’t] to accept the experience as much as I can now. I think that made me better in many respects; as a person, as a friend, in relationships. ”
Eliot also praised Umbrella Academy showrunner, Steve Blackman, for incorporating his transition into the story of his character for Netflix series.
The third season of the series premiered on Wednesday, and includes the moment when Elliot’s character becomes Viktor.
The scene was written by Thomas, McBee, who is also a transgender person, and Elliot told Seth, “I feel proud of it and I’m excited to see people.”
McBee said earlier Esquire that the scripts for the third season were already locked up when Elliot came out, and the production was set for just two weeks later. However, Blackman was “passionate” about including Elliot’s real-life transition in the show.
“The job would be to graft the story of the transition through the intricate plot of the ensemble play,” the writer explained. “Eliot and I talked for a long time about when and how Viktor might have come to reveal his gender identity and in what ways he could embody that identity in Season 3.”
“Steve and I used Eliot’s insights as a starting point for forming and neatly overlapping the economic narrative on those existing scenes – one that resonated where Elliot was in his own transition process at the time of filming,” McBee concluded.
And while it only came out for a few hours, Viktor’s crossing has already received high praise from fans of the show.
“Umbrella Academy Handling the transition of Elliot and Viktor the transition in the show is so powerful, it has been done so beautifully so far the heart is full “, wrote one person on Twitter.
Another wrote: “Fantastic handling of Victor’s release @UmbrellaAcademy – it was absolutely touching and so proud of @TheElliotPage – double confirmed my favorite show.”