Umbrella Academy Cast Rally Around Elliot Page As Actor Comes Out As Trans
The cast of the hit Netflix series The Umbrella Academy have publicly supported their on-screen colleague Elliot Page after the actor came out as transgender and non-binary.
Elliot Page, formerly known as Ellen Page, explained how relieved he feels to 'have arrived at this place in my life'.
"I can't begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self," he wrote in a post to social media.
"I have been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place.
"I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society."
Page asked for 'patience', saying that while his joy is real, it is also fragile - admitting he is 'scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the 'jokes' and of violence'.
He has now been supported and praised for his bravery by his cast mates on The Umbrella Academy.
Justin H. Min, who plays Ben Hargreeves in the series, wrote: "Love you so much."
Tom Hopper (Luther Hargreeves) added: "Elliot, I'm so proud of you, and even prouder to call you family. All the love."
The series' producer Steve Blackman said: "Proud of you, Elliot. Love you!!!"
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The official Instagram account for the series also posted: "So proud of our superhero!! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!!!"
Other celebrities and LGBT organisations have raced to congratulate Elliot for his announcement and for speaking so publicly about his experience.
Netflix has already confirmed Elliot Page will return for the third season of The Umbrella Academy, which starts shooting in February 2021.
Responding Page's Twitter post, Netflix said it was 'proud' of its superhero, adding that the actor would be returning for series three of the TV show.
Page said in his social media announcement that he's concerned for the discrimination towards trans people, saying it is 'rife, insidious and cruel', resulting in 'horrific consequences'.
"I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive," he said.
"To all trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better."
Featured Image Credit: Netflix
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