Ian McKellen is fully behind Elliot Page.
McKellen, an actor who has been openly gay since 1988, applauded Page’s decision to come out as transgender.
“Everything gets better [when you come out because you get self-confidence,” McKellen shared with Attitude Magazine. “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 reflected on spending time with Page on the set of “X-Men: The Last Stand” film.
“I remember Elliot Page, in one of the ‘X-Men’ [movies], sat as close as we are now,” he added. “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. 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?’”
“Now… they’re Elliot. And I’m so happy for Elliot,” the legendary actor concluded. “And so disappointed in myself that I didn’t detect what their difficulty was with communicating.”