Elliot Page doesn't feel "panicked" looking at himself in the mirror anymore.
The Juno star admitted he felt "tears of joy" when he finally was able to look at himself and touch his chest and feel "comfortable" in his own skin after having the surgery.
Speaking in the upcoming Apple TV+ series The Oprah Conversation, Elliot said: "Getting out of the shower and the towel's around your waist and you're looking at yourself in the mirror and you're just like, 'There I am.' And I'm not having the moment where I'm panicked ... It's being able to touch my chest and feel comfortable in my body for the — probably the first time. Tears of joy."
Elliot says it is important to speak out and help others going through similar things: "In this time we're in right now, and especially with this horrible backlash we're seeing towards trans people, particularly trans youth, it really felt imperative to do so.
"It felt important and selfish for myself and my own wellbeing and my mental health and also with this platform, I have the privilege that I have and knowing the pain, and the difficulties and the struggles I faced in my life, let alone what so many other people are facing, it absolutely felt just crucial and important for me to share that."
Sharing the trailer for his first TV interview as a transman on Instagram, Elliot wrote: "My feelings aren’t really linear. I feel emerging joy and excitement one moment, and then in the next, profound sadness reading about people wanting to take gender-affirming health care away from children.
"I feel so grateful to be at this place in my life, and I want to use the strength I have to help in all the ways that I can. How can I feel grateful for my joy, and embrace my joy, and allow myself to have that joy—but then put that joy and that love into action?"
Elliot's interview with Oprah drops Friday (Apr 30) on Apple TV+ on Friday. — BANG SHOWBIZ
Note: The Elliot Page episode of The Oprah Conversation isn't available in Singapore because the episode is rated R21 and Apple TV+ doesn't stream R21 content.