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Ian McKellen Recalls Elliot Page Being Soft Spoken on 'X-Men' Set Before Coming Out As Transgender

Ian McKellen is opening up about what he thought about Elliot Page coming out as transgender.

If you don’t recall, Ian and Elliot starred together in X-Men: The Last Stand, as Magneto and Kitty Pryde.

“Everything gets better [when you come out because you get self-confidence],” Ian told Attitude magazine. “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.”

Ian, who has been openly gay since the 1980s, recalled his relationship with Elliot.

“I remember Elliot Page, in one of the X-Men [movies], 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,” Ian shared of one of the moments on set. “Nobody could hear what they were saying. 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?’”

“Then they came out [as gay] years later and suddenly you couldn’t stop them talking. You heard everything. 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,” he added.

Elliot, who goes by he/him pronouns, has been getting lots of support from fans and friends in the industry.

Sir Ian McKellen Becomes One of First Celebrities to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine

Sir Ian McKellen has revealed that he received the COVID-19 vaccine!

The 81-year-old Lord of the Rings actor was given the first of two doses at London’s Queen Mary’s University Hospital on Wednesday (December 16), the Evening Standard reports.

“It’s a very special day, I feel euphoric,” Ian said after receiving the vaccine.

“Anyone who has lived as long as I have is alive because they have had previous vaccinations,” Ian continued, “the take up amongst the older generation will be 100 percent — it ought to be — because you’re having it not just for yourself but for people who you are close to — you’re doing your bit for society.”

Ian said that he feels “very lucky to have had the vaccine,” and is encourage others to get it.

“Of course, it’s painless,” Ian said of the shot. “It’s convenient, and getting in touch and meeting NHS staff and saying thank you to them for how hard they’ve been working is a bonus, I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone.”

The Unite Kingdom became the first country to roll out the COVID vaccine earlier this month.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that this British celeb baker also received the vaccine.

The FDA recently approved the coronavirus vaccine by Pfizer in the United States.

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'Lord of the Rings' Stars Have a Virtual Reunion - Watch! (Video)

The Lord of the Rings stars are reuniting!

As part of Josh Gad‘s Reunited Apart, costars Sean Astin, Elijah Wood, Orlando Bloom, Dominic Monaghan, Billy Boyd and Sir Ian McKellen came together for a great cause while catching up.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of The Lord of the Rings

Together, the cast happily recalled stories from the set of the film franchise, with lots of laughter and memories.

The stream was in support of No Kid Hungry.

“We all know the implications of COVID-19 are far reaching, but we may not realize how school closures and economic stressors are significantly increasing childhood hunger rates in the U.S. The problem is two-fold as new financial strains make it harder for families to provide meals for their kids and food access programs that previously provided in-school meals need to quickly shift the way they operate. To help address this crisis, we humbly ask you to support No Kid Hungry, a national campaign focused on ending childhood hunger in America,” Josh wrote.

This Lord of the Rings star revealed that she almost had a secret second role…

Jon Hamm & Susan Sarandon Hang Out at Paul Smith Fashion Show!

Jon Hamm and Susan Sarandon pose for a photo together at the Paul Smith Menswear Fall/Winter 2020-2021 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on Sunday (January 19) in Paris, France.

Also seen at the show that day was Niall Horan, who posed with actor Ian McKellen.

Vogue’s Anna Wintour, actor Bill Nighy, Downton Abbey‘s Laura Carmichael, Michael Fox, and Ed Speleers, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker‘s Naomi Ackie, and actor Gwilym Lee were also all seen sitting in the front row for the big fashion show.

Stay tuned for more photos from Paris Fashion Week!

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Ian McKellen & Patrick Stewart Share a Kiss at 'Star Trek: Picard' London Premiere!

Ian McKellen is there for his longtime friend Patrick Stewart!

The 80-year-old Cats actor supported the 79-year-old actor at the premiere of Star Trek: Picard on Wednesday night (January 15) at the Odeon Luxe Leicester Square in London, England.

While they were on the carpet, Ian and Patrick shared a sweet kiss for the cameras!

Also in attendance at the London premiere was Patrick‘s wife Sunny Ozell.

The night before, Patrick and his co-stars premiered the new series in Hollywood.

The upcoming 10-episode series follows Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) as he moves into the next chapter of his life. As he faced retirement, he finds a reason to return to space when he believes a young woman is in “serious danger.”

Star Trek: Picard
premieres on January 23 on CBS All-Access – check out the trailer!

READ MORE: ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Renewed for Season Two on CBS All Access Ahead of Series Debut!

10+ pictures inside of Patrick Stewart and the others at the premiere…More Here! »

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Ian McKellen Opens Up About His Decision to Stay Closeted Most of His Life

Ian McKellen is getting candid about his decision to remain closeted most of his life.

The 80-year-old Lord of The Rings actor didn’t come out as a gay man until he was 49.

In a new biography, Ian McKellen: A Biography, Ian explained the choice had to do with homosexuality being criminalized in England for a majority of his life.

He added that he was also concerned how it would impact his career.

“Would audiences take his acting seriously, as Romeo for instance, if they knew that in real life he fancied Mercutio rather than Juliet?” biography author Gary O’Connor wrote (via People).

But in 1988, Ian announced his sexuality during a debate on a radio broadcast when the interviewer said something derogatory about gay people.

Gary added, “He had left the dark closet of secrecy for self-exposure and liberation. This galvanized him, energised him in a direction he had never thought himself capable of. Identified now as a chaste, never promiscuous, completely dedicated general and leader of men, as an activist he displayed an inner mobilisation of force and direction of power in the social, political field.”

Ian has gone on to champion equality and protection for the LGBTQ community, writing articles, fundraising for nonprofits and serving as a founding member of Stonewall U.K.

Ruth Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & More Stars Glam Up for Evening Standard Theatre Awards!

Ruth Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Florence Welch are gorgeous as they hit the red carpet at the 2019 Evening Standard Theatre Awards held at the London Coliseum on Sunday (November 24) in London, England.

The three ladies were joined at the event by Douglas Booth, Lashana Lynch, Laura Carmichael, Jeremy Irvine, Poppy Delevingne and her husband James Cook, Jourdan Dunn, Martha Plimpton, Damian Lewis and his wife Helen McCrory, Joely Richardson, Ellie Bamber and Connor Swindells.

Also in attendance at the award ceremony were Fleabag co-star Sian Clifford, Ian McKellen, Elena Perminova, Hayley Atwell, Tosin Cole, Stefanie Martini, Hannah Arterton, Elena Perminova, Ophelia Lovibond, Patrick Gibson, Ellie Wintour, Cush Jumbo, Anne-Marie Duff and Anna Wintour.

Dame Maggie Smith and Sir Ian McKellan were amongst the winners, with the former taking home Best Actress for her first West End role in 12 years in A German Life, and the latter honored with Editor Award for his recent one-man show, which celebrates him turning 80.

READ MORE: Ruth Wilson ‘Couldn’t Say No’ To ‘His Dark Materials’ Role!

FYI: Ruth is wearing a Michael Kors dress. Gugu is wearing a Michael Kors dress. Florence is wearing Gucci. Hayley is wearing Dolce&Gabbana. Ellie is wearing a Chanel dress. Elena is wearing a Georges Hobeika outfit. Anna is wearing Chanel. Sian is wearing Emilia Wickstead. Jourdan is wearing Michael Kors. Poppy is wearing Etro.

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