This post deals with mental health, and could be triggering for some readers.
In 2008, 21-year-old Elliot Page was becoming the next big thing.
He had just played the lead role in Juno, a coming-of-age drama about a teenager who unexpectedly falls pregnant.
The film was a massive success, both critically and commercially, earning four Oscar nominations, including a Best Actress nod for Page's performance.
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But it was at the height of the film's popularity that Page, who has since come out as transgender, was struggling with his identity the most.
"During awards-season time, I was closeted, dressed in heels and the whole look - I wasn’t okay, and I didn’t know how to talk about that with anyone," the 35-year-old wrote in a new article for Esquire, for which he appears on the June 2022 cover.
"I can't pinpoint a 'worst' day," Page later said.
"But when Juno was blowing up - this sounds strange to people, and I get that people don’t understand. Oh, f*** you, you’re famous, and you have money, and you had to wear a dress, boo-hoo. I don’t not understand that reaction.
"But that’s mixed with: I wish people would understand that that sh*t literally did almost kill me."
Wearing dresses became not only mentally, but physically painful; to the point where Page could barely function.
"I would berate myself for it," he wrote.
"I was living the life and my dreams were coming true, and all that was happening. And yet, for example, when I was shooting Inception, I could pretty much not leave whatever hotel I’d be staying in."
In December 2020, Page announced he was transgender.