Elliot Page came out as trans in December 2020 and in a remarkable move, it was revealed in March 2022 that his Umbrella Academy character Vanya Hargreeves will also transition on the show, to Viktor Hargreeves in Season 3, which debuts on June 22. However, Page is all set to return on the small screen for the first time since he came out as transgender with the debut of Season 3 of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.
Recently, Page opened up about his transition on Tuesday’s episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers, adding his life has, ‘improved drastically.’ When asked if he got to speak with the writers, Page said that The Vampire Academy co-creator/showrunner Steve Blackman is, ‘incredible’ and ‘such a wonderful person.’ “When we first talked about it, he seemed really excited about incorporating it into the show,” Page told Meyers.
Page added he has been reflecting on, ‘very difficult times in my life, certain struggles and obstacles and all that and I think ultimately getting through that it really deepens your empathy. The actor went on to say, “I think of the times in my life when I was the most uncomfortable. When I was the most unwell, those were the times where I was the most angry. And I was the most unkind to myself or self-righteous or all of those things. It’s improved my life drastically.”
Page added, “I hope maybe people who do have an issue with me could maybe try and hear that and embrace that on some level.” However, when Seth asked him how he has dealt with negative reactions to his transition, though Page said he wants to focus on the ‘degree of joy’ he feels that has been extraordinary.’ Elliot explained, “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.”
The Umbrella Academy star further added, “That’s really what I’m focusing on and embracing the most. But of course, the moment can be overwhelming.” He added the negativity is, ‘unfortunate because we are all on the same team here you know whether you are trans, non-binary, gender-nonconforming CIS, we all have these expectations and these sort of limits and constraints because of us, sort of people’s obsession with the binary and how we are all supposed to live our lives.