Elliot Page: ‘A-Hole A-List Actor’ Wanted to Prove to Elliot That He’s Not Gay
In his memoir, actor Elliot Page has revealed that an “a-hole a-list” actor crossed some serious boundaries and spouted some
In his memoir, actor Elliot Page has revealed that an “a-hole a-list” actor crossed some serious boundaries and spouted some homophobic stereotypes at him.
In the memoir, called “Pageboy,” Page reveals that he was verbally assaulted by someone he considers and acquaintance and colleague at the time.
Page Six reports, “The incident occurred after the ‘Juno’ star came out as gay in February 2014 but prior to his gender transition in December 2020.
‘I’m going to f—k you to make you realize you aren’t gay,” Page claims the unnamed actor told him at a birthday party in Los Angeles in 2014, according to an excerpt of a chapter aptly titled ‘Famous A–hole at Party,’ which People obtained on Friday.
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The ‘Umbrella Academy’ star adds that the fellow celebrity, whom he describes only as an ‘acquaintance,’ insisted, ‘ ‘You aren’t gay. That doesn’t exist. You are just afraid of men.’’ ”
Page told People that he “purposely” did not name the perpetrator, who will “hear about this and know it’s him.”
In the memoir, Page writes that he and the other actor ran into each other at a gym a few days after the other person made the inappropriate comments, and the anonymous actor allegedly clarified, “I don’t have a problem with gay people, I swear.”
Page says he told the actor, “I think you might.”
But, Page says, it’s nothing new. The actor explains that he has had “some version of that happen many times” throughout his life.
The actor added, “A lot of queer and trans people deal with it incessantly. These moments that we often, like, don’t talk about or we’re supposed to just brush off, when actually it’s very awful.”
Page told People that he shared the interaction in his memoir so people could have insight into the “s–t” people in the LGBTQIA+ community deal with, he added particularly in “environments that are predominantly cis and heterosexual.”
“[In Hollywood] these are very powerful people,” Page says, adding, “They’re the ones choosing what stories are being told and creating content for people to see all around the world.”
In “Pageboy,” Page also talks about a relationship he had with a closeted female co-star, whom he called “Ryan” in the book. And a romance with Kate Mara while Mara was dating Max Minghella.
“This was right after I’d come out as gay and it was a time of exploration and also heartbreak,” Page explains. “I think my relationship, or whatever you want to call it with Kate, very much encapsulates a certain dynamic that I consistently found myself in, which was falling for people that — I think a lot of us do this — who aren’t fully available. And the sort of safety in that and the highs and the lows and the serotonin bump, and then it goes away.”
Unfortunately, despite how disturbing it is to hear Page recount the verbal assault he experienced, it’s definitely not uncommon.
Gay women especially are often told that they just “haven’t had the right man,” and are approached by men who want to “turn them straight.”
It’s dehumanizing, predatory, and just plain homophobic – and oh so pervasive.