Elliot Page is reflecting on a difficult chapter in his life story.
The Umbrella Academy star, who came out as transgender in 2020, opened up about his past struggles with gender dysphoria in E! News’ exclusive look at The Freedom to Exist with Elliot Page: A Soul of a Nation Presentation, an ABC News Pride Month special centered around the trans community and airing June 6.
Recalling how his body started to change during puberty, the 36-year-old said that was the period during which he also began “feeling a degree of discomfort that was very erosive and damaging.”
“I don’t think I, even at that point, had probably even heard the word ‘transgender,'” Page shared. “If it did come up, it would be briefly in health class with then the sound of laughter.”
To make matters worse, the actor said he was heavily bullied at school during that time, adding to the internal “shame” and the feelings of “self-disgust.”