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Page, the top-billed actor on the show, came out as a non-binary transgender person Tuesday in a social media post. “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life,” Page wrote. “I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self.”
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Page will continue the role of Vanya on the show, which is based on the comic book by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. Netflix is in the process of updating Page’s name on all titles on the service in which he’s involved. Netflix also expressed support for Page in a tweet:
So proud of our superhero! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT! Can't wait to see you return in season 3! ? ?
— Netflix (@netflix) December 1, 2020
After inadvertently causing the apocalypse at the close of The Umbrella Academy‘s first season, Page’s Vanya spent much of season two separated from her fellow academy members after they were blown back in time to 1963. Vanya ends up living on a ranch with a couple and their son and develops a romantic relationship with the wife (Marin Ireland).
When Vanya and the rest of the group return to 2019 and the Umbrella Academy, they see it’s now the Sparrow Academy. Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) is still alive in the new timeline, and they also discover Ben (Justin H. Min) is alive.
Page noted in his announcement that while he’s excited to share the news, that joy “is also fragile.”
“To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands,” Page wrote. “You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being ‘canceled,’ you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks.”
Universal Content Productions, the studio that produces Umbrella Academy, also shared support for the star on Tuesday, posting on Twitter: “@TheElliotPage your talents and inspiration know no bounds. Today, and every day, we join your fans in sending you our love and support!”
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