Spoiler alert: This story contains plot details from the third season of ‘Umbrella Academy’.
“Umbrella Academy” is back on Netflix and this season Elliot Page is “proud” of seeing his character’s evolution.
In March, Page, 35, shared that his character Vanya Hargreeves will be Viktor moving forward. Viktor’s transition parallels that of Page, who came out as transgender in December 2020.
The ‘Umbrella Academy’ actor appeared on ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ on Tuesday, where he discussed how Viktor’s transition was handled.
Page shared that showrunner Steve Blackman “seemed really excited about including (my transition) on the show” when he mentioned it. The crew also brought trans author and journalist Thomas Page McBee to the set, where he “helped” bring Viktor’s story to fruition.
“I’m proud of it and excited for people to see it,” Page said.
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“Umbrella Academy” returned to Netflix on Wednesday. The premiere episode is not about Viktor’s transition as his family and friends still know him as Vanya. The character also still has the same long hair that he has had since season 1 – something that becomes symbolic later on.
In the second episode, Viktor decides to get a haircut at a hairdresser in Hotel Obisidian. A dialogue from Sissy (Marin Ireland), a character in Season 2, plays in Viktor’s head as he sits in the parlor chair. “You don’t even notice which box you’re in until someone comes over and lets you out,” says Sissy.
After the haircut, Viktor gets into an argument with his siblings as they discuss whether to embrace their new foes The Sparrow Academy. When Viktor intervenes, his brother Diego (David Casteñada) shoots back: “Who chose you, Vanya?”
“It’s, uh, Viktor,” he says, before telling his siblings, “It’s who I’ve always been.”
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His brothers accept the fact before returning to the discussion. “Really happy for you, Viktor,” says Five (Aidan Gallagher). “But the last time I checked, you’re not speaking on behalf of this family.”
In another conversation, Viktor reaches out to his older sister Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), who feels bad for not noticing.
“You couldn’t know because I didn’t quite know,” says Viktor’s character, adding that Sissy’s death in season 2 made him realize he “can’t live in that box anymore.”
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The pair later pass a shop window where Viktor remarks that he finally feels like he is seeing his reflection. “You know I’ve always hated mirrors. I thought everyone was so weird in their own skin. I don’t think that’s true, is it?’
During Page’s performance in “Late Night,” Meyers asked if Viktor’s support system was true to the actor’s real-life experience, to which he shared that “most people weren’t surprised” and his inner circle was very supportive.
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Meyers also wondered how the “Juno” alum feels about negativity surrounding his transition.
“What I want to focus on now, and it’s been so extraordinary, is the degree of joy I feel, the degree of presence I feel. I feel a way that I really never thought possible for a long, long time.” “Sure, some moments can be overwhelming.”
The actor added: “I’m so sorry because we’re all on the same team here, you know? Whether you’re trans, non-binary, cis, we all have these expectations and these limits and limitations because of the obsession with the binary and how we’re supposed to live. For me it would be so special for us to connect and talk about how similar we all are.”