Sir Ian McKellen, who was co-stars with Elliot Page in the 2006 film X-Men: The Last Stand, has proudly voiced his support for Page after he came out as transgender.
In an interview with Attitude Magazine, he mentioned that everything gets better when you come out because you get self-confidence. Sir Ian McKellen came out as gay in 1988.
“So you get better in terms of relationships, friends of all sorts, family, if you’re lucky,” he continued to explain. “And in my case, I think in every case, your acting is bound to change and improve.”
Mckellen also shared his disappointment in himself recalling an incident when they were castmates in X-Men.
“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.”
“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?’
“And then they came out [as gay] years later and suddenly you couldn’t stop them talking. You heard everything.”
He continued by mentioning Elliot’s coming out in December, “And now… they’re Elliot. And I’m so happy for Elliot. And so disappointed in myself that I didn’t detect what their difficulty was with communicating.”
Elliot Page came out as transgender on December 1, writing on social media, “I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. 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.”