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Elliot Page Says Returning To The Umbrella Academy Was 'An Adjustment'

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Elliot Page Says Returning To The Umbrella Academy Was 'An Adjustment'

Elliot Page has admitted that getting back onto the set for The Umbrella Academy was always going to be 'an adjustment' with people sometimes getting his pronouns wrong.

Page came out as transgender last year, but has returned to play cisgender character Vanya in the hit Netflix show's third series.

Speaking as part of a cover feature in TIME magazine last month headlined 'I'm fully who I am', Page said: "It's going to be an adjustment."

He added: "I'm really excited to act, now that I'm fully who I am, in this body.

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"No matter the challenges and difficult moments of this, nothing amounts to getting to feel how I feel now."

Elliot Page as Vanya in The Umbrella Academy. Credit: Netflix
Elliot Page as Vanya in The Umbrella Academy. Credit: Netflix

Sharing the cover on Instagram, he added: "With deep respect for those who came before me, gratitude for those who have supported me and great concern for the generation of trans youth we must all protect, please join me and decry anti-trans legislation, hate and discrimination in all its forms."

Following that, The Umbrella Academy Twitter account tweeted: "We love you Elliot, couldn't be more proud."

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The series will resume exactly where the previous one ended, with the Hargreeves siblings returning home to discover that they are in a version of their timeline that is unrecognisable to them where a different academy, this time called The Sparrow Academy, is in place.

If you've no idea what that is about, you'll just have to pick up the story with the first two series on Netflix.

In that TIME interview, showrunner Steve Blackman also spoke about how Page was 'smiling more' since announcing himself to the world.

He said: "It seems like there's a tremendous weight off his shoulders, a feeling of comfort,

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"There's a lightness, a lot more smiling."

Page is filming the Netflix show's third series. Credit: Netflix
Page is filming the Netflix show's third series. Credit: Netflix

Coming out as transgender, Page wrote an emotional statement that read: "Hi friends, 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.

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"I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I'm scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the 'jokes' and of violence.

"To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture."

He added: "The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and Latinx trans women.

"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.

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"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."

Page appeared on the front of TIME magazine. Credit: TIME
Page appeared on the front of TIME magazine. Credit: TIME

"You aren't being 'cancelled,' you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won't be silent in the face of your attacks. 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.

"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.

"Thank you for reading this. All my love, Elliot."

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Topics: TV and Film, US Entertainment, Netflix

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