In a deeply moving revelation that delves into the depths of human connection, Elliot Page, at the age of 36, bares his soul in his newly published memoir, “Pageboy.” Released on that unforgettable Tuesday, June 6, the acclaimed actor unveils a profound and intimate relationship with his co-star in the 2007 film “Juno,” the remarkable Olivia Thirlby. Within the pages of his memoir, Elliot discloses that their bond went beyond the boundaries of their characters, transcending the silver screen and venturing into the realm of passion.
Page courageously shares that he and Olivia, while working on the movie, engaged in a sexual relationship that consumed their time together. With raw vulnerability, he reveals his initial captivation by the actress, confessing, “From the very first moment I laid eyes on Olivia Thirlby, I was taken aback. She exuded a sexual openness that was worlds away from where I stood at that time. Yet, the chemistry between us was palpable, an irresistible force that drew me in.”
Elliot acknowledges the paradoxical allure Olivia held for him, perceiving her as more mature, capable, and centered, despite being the same age and navigating similar points in their careers. As Elliot embodied the titular character Juno, Olivia portrayed Leah, Juno’s closest friend. Their connection deepened during the filmmaking process, and one day, Olivia courageously expressed her profound attraction to Elliot.
After both admitting their desires, they embarked on a journey of passionate exploration. Elliot paints a vivid picture of the exhilarating experience, writing, “I was consumed by an all-encompassing desire for her. Olivia awakened a newfound sense of hope and longing within me, unlike anything I had experienced before.” He confesses that their physical intimacy became a regular occurrence, clandestinely taking place in Olivia’s hotel room, their work trailers, and even a discreet private room within a restaurant. They believed their actions remained subtle, hidden from prying eyes. For Elliot, the intimacy shared with Olivia became an escape from the shackles of shame that had haunted him for far too long. In her eyes, he found solace—a refuge untouched by judgment and self-loathing. Oh, how he yearned for that absence of condemnation, to bid farewell to the agony of self-doubt and embrace his true self.
Olivia, who has been married to Jacques Pienaar since 2014, had previously revealed her bisexuality in a candid 2012 interview. In her own courageous words, she proclaimed, “Love knows no boundaries, and loving in secret is a formidable challenge. I am not confined to a single orientation.”
Yet, Elliot’s memoir extends beyond his profound connection with Olivia. He unveils another tender chapter, a brief but impactful relationship with Kate Mara, even while she was involved with actor Max Minghella. Elliot candidly recounts this period, a time when he had not yet fully embraced his identity as a transgender individual and had only recently come out as gay. Additionally, he confesses to dating a closeted actress, a hidden love affair unknown to most of their friends.
Although his relationship with Kate did not endure, Elliot acknowledges that they remain close. In an interview, he reflects, “The love and care we share are truly special, distinct from the intimate experiences I reveal in my memoir.” It is a testament to the resilient bonds we forge, transcending societal expectations and embracing the complexity of human connections.
As we immerse ourselves in Elliot Page’s emotionally charged memoir, we are swept away by the tide of his profound experiences. His words evoke a symphony of emotions, reminding us of the resilience of the human spirit, the transformative power of love, and the significance of embracing our authentic selves.