'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. The unthinkable. Here he was on the precipice of discovering himself as a queer person. Getting closer to his desires, his dreams, himself. But for Elliot two steps forward always came with one step back. With Juno's phenomenal success, Elliot became one of the world's most beloved actors - but at what cost?
Now he was forced to play the part of the glossy young starlet, a role that made his skin crawl on and off set. The one thing that had been an escape from his complicated childhood was making him feel increasingly trapped. 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.
Pageboy is the story of a life pushed to the brink. Full of behind-the-scenes details and intimate interrogations on sex, love, trauma and Hollywood. 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.