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Elliot Page On How His Transition Was Incorporated Into The Umbrella Academy Storyline
Elliot Page came out as transgender in December 2020 and his real-life transition was mirrored on the latest season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.Note: Plot Spoilers Ahead.In Season 3, viewers were introduced to his character Viktor Hargreeves in season 3. Page came out as trans weeks before production for season 3 was set to commence. The series show runner recruited trans writer Thomas Page McBee to aid in curating a storyline that felt authentic and sensitive to the trans journey of Page and his character, Viktor. Page praised the showrunner Steve Blackman and writer Thomas Page McBee for handling Viktor’s transition and the character’s storyline with care, stating that he believed the arc “ultimately, and in retrospect, has been really clear in so many ways.” “Viktor’s discomfort and the walls that he puts up, I think without realising, he’s just so folded in on himself and meeting Sissy and getting to feel more embodied and self-assured, and it was really, really quite special to actually reflect on that.” The actor added that he thought the conversations with McBee ensured that they were “really able to feel what that honest progression is.”Transition Is Life Saving, Elliot Page tells Oprah WinfreyPage referenced Viktor’s siblings’ reactions as ones that echoed his own lived experience.
Elliot Page Opens Up About How Transitioning Has 'Improved My Life Drastically'
Elliot Page is opening up about his life since coming out as trans, and how he's focusing on the joy he feels at embracing his truth and his happiness.The actor sat down with Seth Meyers on Tuesday's, and opened up about coming out in December 2020, and the journey he's been on since — including how his character in Netflix's also transitioned in the forthcoming third season.According to Page, he was a part of the process in crafting that development for the character — and it was a development fully embraced by creator Steve Blackman.«When we first talked about it, he seemed really excited about incorporating it into the show,» Page shared, adding that they also collaborated with trans author and journalist Thomas Page McBee, who «came on board and helped out and I feel proud of it and I'm excited for people to see it.»Page spoke with Meyers about his transition, and specifically the response he received from those closest to him, which Page said was overwhelmingly supportive. «I feel really grateful for that,» Page shared. «Most people [in my life] weren't surprised.»As for some of the negative feedback he's gotten — largely from strangers whom he's never actually met — Page said he's trying not to get bogged down in negativity.«What I want to focus on right now, and has been so extraordinary, is the degree of joy that I feel, the degree of presence that I feel. I feel a way that I really never thought possible for a long, long time,» Page said.
Elliot Page seen in the role of Viktor Hargreeves from upcoming season of The Umbrella Academy
New production stills of actor Elliot Page as Viktor Hargeeves in The Umbrella Academy were unveiled by Netflix on Tuesday.The streaming giant released thirteen new images from the show's third season - which will premiere on June 22 - giving fans a closer glimpse at Page, 35.Last month, it was announced that Page's character, named Vanya Hargreeves through the first two seasons, would transition to a male character in season three.The character's transition matches the actor's own journey after the Oscar nominee announced he was transgender back in December 2020. Huge new season:Netflix revealed several photos from the new season of The Umbrella Academy on TuesdayBoth Page and Netflix made the announcement with a quote tweet of Page's own post which showed Viktor at a café counter.The official account wrote: 'Welcome to the family, Viktor– we're so happy you're here [red heart emoji].'Meanwhile Page tweeted the image writing: 'MeetViktor Hargeeves.' In one new image released Tuesday, Viktor can be seen stood next to his brother, played by Tom Hopper, as the pair appeared tense and ready for conflict.Another showed Page's character chatting with Allison Hargreeves, played byEmmy Raver-Lampman as the two walked down the street.Robert Sheehan's Klaus Hargreeves laid out luxuriously on a bunk bed with sunlight streaming through the window, and Aidan Gallagher's Number Five sprawled in the back seat of a car in a pair of the photos.