Pageboy: A Memoir from Elliot Page delves into the Canadian trans actors life, and his experience in Hollywood
In Pageboy, The Oscar-nominated Elliot Page finally gets to share his truth. The book gives readers a look into Elliot Page’s journey from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Hollywood. The memoir delves into Page’s relationship with his body, his experiences as one of the most famous trans people in the world, and also covers mental health, assault, relationships, sex, and the cesspool that Hollywood can be.
“Can I kiss you?” It was two months before the world premiere of Juno, and Elliot Page was in his first ever queer bar. The hot summer air hung heavy around him as he looked at her. And then it happened. In front of everyone. A previously unfathomable experience. Here he was on the precipice of discovering himself as a queer person, as a trans person. Getting closer to his desires, his dreams, himself, without the repression he’d carried for so long. But for Elliot, two steps forward had always come with one step back.
With Juno’s massive success, Elliot became one of the world’s most beloved actors. His dreams were coming true, but the pressure to perform suffocated him. He was forced to play the part of the glossy young starlet, a role that made his skin crawl, on and off set. The career that had been an escape out of his reality and into a world of imagination was suddenly a nightmare.
As he navigated criticism and abuse from some of the most powerful people in Hollywood, a past that snapped at his heels, and a society dead set on forcing him into a binary, Elliot often stayed silent, unsure of what to do, until enough was enough. Full of behind the scenes details and intimate interrogations on sex, love, trauma, and Hollywood, Pageboy is the story of a life pushed to the brink. But at its core, this beautifully written, winding journey of what it means to untangle ourselves from the expectations of others is an ode to stepping into who we truly are with defiance, strength, and joy.
Full of warmth, honesty, and wit, Pageboy is a must-read, both for established fans of Page’s and new fans alike.Available from Harper Collins Canada
ELLIOT PAGE is an Academy Award® -nominated actor, producer and director who currently stars in Netflix’s hit series THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, which recently wrapped production on its third season. In August 2021, Elliot signed a first look deal with UCP to develop scripted and unscripted projects across multiple platforms. After coming out in a moving message on social media in 2020, Elliot received overwhelming support from the LGBTQ+ community and is now using his voice to speak out on issues of violence perpetrated against trans bodies, as well as confronting political leaders who seek to criminalize trans healthcare. In March of 2021, Elliot became the first openly transgender man to be featured solo on the cover of TIME. Off screen, Page continues to be a tireless champion of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as a passionate advocate for environmental justice.
About the Author
Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist based in Toronto with a focus on tourism, lifestyle, entertainment and community issues. He has written several travel articles and has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He’s willing to take on any assignments of interest, attend parties with free booze, listen to rants, and travel the world in search of the great unknown. He’s eager to discover the new, remember the past, and look into the future.