Elliot Page has talked about how The Umbrella Academy incorporated the actor’s own personal transition into the show’s third season, which premieres today (June 22) on Netflix.
The 35-year-old actor, who came out publicly as a trans man in December 2020 by sharing a written note, told American talk show host Seth Meyers on Late at night last night (June 21) how Steve Blackman, the “great” showrunner of the series, helped develop the character of Page – known as Vanya in the first two seasons, and Viktor in the new episodes.
“When we first talked about it, he seemed really excited to include it on the show,” says the… Start star explained, adding that the team hired an “incredible” writer to tell the story, Thomas Page McBee, whom Page met while working on a miniseries called Stories of the city†
“He wrote an extraordinary book called Amateur, which I highly recommend everyone to read. He was the first trans man to box at Madison Square Garden. And his book and his work in general is so much about masculinity and what it means and exploring that.
“Thomas came on board and helped out and I’m proud and excited for people to see it.”
You can watch Page’s full interview at Late at night below:
Last year (April 21), Page — whose pronouns s/he are — addressed his decision to come out as transgender, saying he had to be “selfish” and prioritize his well-being by going public. .
The Juno star said there was “no way” he could hide his gender any longer, especially with widespread anti-trans discourse.
They Told Oprah Winfrey: “I Was Expressing” [my identity] to people in my life long before I posted that letter and first told people and knowing that I wanted a moment to feel comfortable and to be able to get to that point.