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Ian McKellen reveals he's 'so happy' his X-Men co-star Elliot Page came out as transgender


Ian McKellen reveals he’s ‘so happy’ his X-Men co-star Elliot Page came out as transgender

He’s one of the UK’s most high-profile public figures to come out as gay.

And 32 years after his own acknowledgement of his sexuality, Sir Ian McKellen is praising Elliot Page for announcing last month that he is transgender.

The two worked together on the 2006 Hollywood movie X-Men Last Stand and the British actor told Attitude magazine he’s ‘very happy’ for Page.

Supportive: Sir Ian McKellen, 81, told Attitude magazine that he is 'so happy' his former X-Men co-star Elliot Page came out as transgender

Supportive: Sir Ian McKellen, 81, told Attitude magazine that he is ‘so happy’ his former X-Men co-star Elliot Page came out as transgender

Page played Shadowcat in Last Stand that came out the year before his starring role in the indie film Juno put him, then as Ellen Page, on the map. 

McKellen, who starred in the X-Men films as Magneto, told the magazine that he is ‘so disappointed’ he failed to realize that the then teenage Page was struggling with sexual identity. 

‘I remember Elliot Page, in one of the X-Men, sat as close as we are now. And I had to speak when they’d finished, and I couldn’t hear what they were saying. Nobody could hear what they were saying,’ he recalled.

‘So, I said, ‘Look, if you can’t speak up, would you mind when you’re finished speaking, just dropping your hand so I know when you’ve finished speaking?’

He went on: ‘And then they came out [as gay] years later and suddenly you couldn’t stop them talking. You heard everything.’ 

Big screen role: The veteran British actor starred as Magneto in the X-Men franchise

Big screen role: The veteran British actor starred as Magneto in the X-Men franchise

Truth: 'Everything gets better [when you come out] because you get self-confidence', he explained. 'You get better in terms of relationships, friends of all sorts, family, if you're lucky'

Truth: ‘Everything gets better [when you come out] because you get self-confidence’, he explained. ‘You get better in terms of relationships, friends of all sorts, family, if you’re lucky’

McKellen, 81, said: ‘I’m so happy for Elliot. And so disappointed in myself that I didn’t detect what their difficulty was with communicating.’

‘Everything gets better [when you come out] because you get self-confidence’, he explained. ‘You get better in terms of relationships, friends of all sorts, family, if you’re lucky. And in my case, I think in every case, your acting is bound to change and improve.’

McKellen came out in 1988 as a protest against then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s  section 28 that forbade local government and schools from ‘promoting homosexuality’.

Activist: McKellen, right, came out in 1988 as a protest against Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's section 28 that forbade local government and schools from 'promoting homosexuality'

Activist: McKellen, right, came out in 1988 as a protest against Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s section 28 that forbade local government and schools from ‘promoting homosexuality’

Brave: Page, pictured in 2019, came out in an Instagram post on December 1, sharing: 'Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot'

Brave: Page, pictured in 2019, came out in an Instagram post on December 1, sharing: ‘Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot’

Page came out in an Instagram post on December 1, sharing: ‘Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.

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‘I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life,’ he said. ‘I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.’

Page added: ‘I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place

‘I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society.’ 

Grateful: Page recently returned to social media to thank people for their outpouring of love and support after he came out

Grateful: Page recently returned to social media to thank people for their outpouring of love and support after he came out



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