Ian McKellen used a recent interview with Attitude Magazine to show support for his “X-Men” co-star Elliot Page after he came out as transgender in a December social media post. Page joined the “X-Men” franchise as the mutant Kitty Pryde in “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which marked McKellen’s third movie playing Magneto after “X-Men” and “X2: X-Men United.” The two actors worked together again on “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

“Everything gets better when you come out because you get self-confidence”, McKellen said, reflecting on his own experience as a gay man in Hollywood. “So 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.”

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