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Warren Beatty Calls Transgender Son Stephen His 'Hero': 'He's a Revolutionary'

People logo People 10/7/2016 KAREN MIZOGUCHI
Warren Beatty attends the CinemaCon Filmmaker Lunch Program at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 13, 2016 in Las Vegas © Gabe Ginsberg/WireImage Warren Beatty attends the CinemaCon Filmmaker Lunch Program at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 13, 2016 in Las Vegas

Warren Beatty had never publicly addressed his child Stephen‘s gender, until now.

“He’s a revolutionary, a genius, and my hero, as are all my children,” the Rules Don’t Apply actor, 79, proudly told Vanity Fair recently about the 24-year-old trans activist. The eldest of four siblings, Stephen was assigned female at birth and named Kathlyn Elizabeth by his father and mother Annette Bening.

Stephen started transitioning at age 14, he said in a 2012 video for WeHappyTrans, crediting his friends and peers for being supportive over the years. In a December 2014 tweet, Stephen called himself a “survivor” of conversion therapy and transphobic abuse.

Beatty and Bening , 58, are also parents to son Benjamin, 22, and daughters Isabel, 19, and Ella, 16. The married couple of 24 years currently reside in Los Angeles with two of their children. “There’s something about the empty nest that makes you say, ‘Well, maybe I should go out and make a movie,'” Beatty said about his life at home.

“It’s like Cocteau said [quoting the French poet Paul Valery], ‘A poem is never finished, it’s only abandoned.’ And that’s the way it is with movies —like children. You continue to work on them, and work on them, but then you have to let them go,” the father of four shared.

Rules Don’t Apply hits theaters Nov. 23.

See the trailer below:

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