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Ian McKellen ‘so happy’ for Elliot Page after transgender reveal

Sir Ian McKellen is “so happy” for Elliot Page after he came out as non-binary and transgender.

The screen legend – who has been openly gay since 1988 – has offered his words of wisdom to his X-Men co-star and promised “everything gets better” from now.

Speaking to Bridgerton star Jonathan Bailey for the February (2021) issue of Attitude magazine, he said: “Everything gets better (when you come out because you get self-confidence). 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.”

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The Lord of the Rings star did, however, admit he was “disappointed” in himself for not recognizing that Elliot – who was previously known as Ellen – may have been struggling with his identity on the set of 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.

“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,” he recalled.

“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.

“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 – who is married to dancer Emma Portner – announced in December (2020) that he had changed his name and that his pronouns are he/they.

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