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Elliot Page is arguably one of the most visible openly trans men in the world, and he has spoken publicly on multiple occasions about his transition journey. Since getting top surgery, he has also been enjoying feeling more comfortable in his body—and it turns out fitness has played a part in that.
"I’ve never worked out more in my life," Page says in his new cover story with Esquire. "Working out always felt like such a conundrum, because it didn’t feel good. I walked and I hiked, but that was it. The experience of being in my body now is so different. I’m absolutely hooked. The feeling of being really engaged with it, present, pushing it and getting stronger and gaining weight. It’s thrilling. I feel like a kid doing it."
Page has definitely been enjoying the results of all that hard work in the gym on his socials, where he will occasionally post a shirtless thirst trap to show off his lean physique and six-pack. And because he, like the rest of us, knows that abs are made in the kitchen, his diet includes a lot of fresh whole foods (although he admits that from time to time he does eat like a "teenage boy").
"Probably my favorite thing to cook is a big spread of roasted vegetables of all kinds," he says. "Fennel, broccoli, cauliflower. Ummm. Japanese sweet potatoes, I love. And then brown rice, I love. And then I just kinda make some tofu in the pan, then steam or boil it—do you know kombu? Seaweed? You boil it, and then—this is funny—and then you mix it all in with some tahini or something, and then you roll it in the kombu. I’m telling you, it’s good."
Page can soon be seen in the highly-anticipated third season of Netflix's The Umbrella Academy, where his real-life transition will be mirrored by his character coming out as a trans man. As for his next project, he says that he's currently working on a book, and spends every day writing, starting at 6 a.m. "I have coffee and I usually try to write for two hours," he says. "Then I take my dog for a really nice walk, and then I try to write for another couple hours."
Later in the interview, Page opens up about how gender dysphoria "got in the way" of him being able to enjoy the simplest pleasures, and how his morning routine is now a source of great satisfaction.
"For me, euphoria is simply the act of waking up, making my coffee, and sitting down with a book and being able to read," he says. "I know that may sound strange, but I can’t stress enough the degree of discomfort and struggle that I was experiencing that got in the way of everything. How could it not? There is a universality to that. We’ve all experienced similar versions. It would be so nice, the more and more we can realize how much we’re all in this together. The same kind of stuff that comes at me is not not affecting cis people and making cis people be confined in spaces that are expected of them. This affects us all."
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