Elliot Page fainted at Inception Premier due to gender pressures

Ellen James|May 01, 2021

'I lost it, it was like a cinematic moment,' says Elliot

Elliot Page fainted at Inception Premier due to gender pressures

Elliot Page is shedding light on the mental pressure he faced right before coming out as a transgender.

Speaking with Oprah Winfrey for Apple TV+'s The Oprah Conversation, Elliot revealed he struggled through the societal pressures and stigmas, defying his identity.

Going back to the press tour for 2010's Inception, Page revealed that he fainted because of the pressure of showing up in feminine wear.

"There was so much press and so many premieres all around the world and I was wearing dresses and heels to pretty much every single event," Page said of the press tour.

"I lost it, it was like a cinematic moment. That night, after the premiere at the after-party, I collapsed. That's something that's happened frequently in my life, usually corresponding with a panic attack."

"Ultimately, of course, it's every experience you've had since you were a toddler, people saying, 'The way you're sitting is not ladylike, you're walking like a boy. The music you're listening to as a teenager,' obviously, the way you dress. Every single aspect of who you are constantly being looked at and put in a box in a very binary system," he added. "That's what it leads to."

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