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Trans actor who lamented 'pain' of previously having to wear a dress to star-studded Oscars says wearing a suit to 2022 ceremony was pure 'trans joy'

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Transgender actor Elliot Page said that wearing a suit to the 2022 Oscars ceremony was pure "trans joy" after having to endure the pain of wearing a dress to the prestigious awards shows back when he was a woman, the Daily Mail has reported.

Page, who previously went by Ellen Page, was nominated for best actress for the lead role in 2007's "Juno" and appeared at the 2022 Oscars ceremony to commemorate the film's 15-year anniversary.

What are the details?

Page, 35, said that being able to wear a suit on the red carpet was a "special, wonderful, joyful moment" of "trans joy."

"I feel the best I've ever felt like, like, I feel the way that I really actually never thought was possible," Page said of coming out as transgender in 2020. "Just the degree now that I can feel present, simply that I can feel present in a space without this incessant underlying anxiety or some sort of feeling like I need to flee."

Of seeing himself in pictures from the 2022 awards ceremony — and most notably wearing a suit — Page said, "All those things are really special, wonderful, joyful moments where you're looking at a photograph and it's really cool to see yourself for the first time — or the person you already saw but here they are, like, they're f***ing emerging."

What else?

In 2021, Page told Oprah Winfrey that he wasn't able to accurately "express just the degree of pain that I was in" while promoting 2007's "Juno" and having to wear dresses on the red carpet — to the point where he was unable to even look at photos of himself from the time.

He added that having to wear girls' clothing made him feel sick, and once he even collapsed from anxiety following a red carpet event for a 2010 film.

"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," Elliot explained, noting that his manager at the time offered up three dresses to choose from for a swanky Paris event.

"I lost it, it was like a cinematic moment," he added. "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."

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