Spoiler alert: This story contains plot details of the third season of “Umbrella Academy”.
“Umbrella Academy” returns to Netflix and this season Elliot Page is “proud” to see the evolution of his character.
In March, Page, 35, shared that Vanya Hargreaves’ character would be Victor moving forward. Victor’s journey is parallel to that of Page, who appeared as a trans 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 very excited about integrating (my transition) into the show” as soon as he spoke. The crew also brought trans writer and journalist Thomas Page McBee to the set where he “helped” realize Viktor’s story.
“I’m proud of it and I’m excited to see it,” Page said.
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“Umbrella Academy” returned to Netflix on Wednesday. The premiere episode does not deal with Victor’s departure, as his family and friends still know him as Vanya. The character also has the same long hair he had from season 1 – something that later becomes symbolic.
In the second episode, Victor decides to get a haircut from a hairdresser at the Obisidian Hotel. A dialogue from a character from Sissy (Marin Ireland) in season 2, plays on Viktor’s head while he is in the hairdresser’s chair. “You do not even notice the box you are in until someone comes and lets you out,” says Sissy.
After the haircut, Victor gets into an argument with his brothers as they discuss whether to embrace their new enemies The Sparrow Academy. When Victor intervenes, Diego’s brother (David Castenada) replies: “Who elected you, Vanya?”
“He is, well, Victor,” he says, before telling his brothers, “He is who I have always been.”
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His brothers accept the fact before returning to the discussion. “Really happy for you, Victor,” says Five (Aidan Gallagher). “But the last time I checked, you were not talking about this family.”
In another conversation, Victor goes out to Allison’s older sister (Amy Raver-Lubman), who feels bad that he did not notice.
“You could not know why I did not know it completely,” says Victor’s character, adding that Sissy’s death in Season 2 made him realize that “he can no longer live in this box.”
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The couple later walk through a shop window where Victor notices that he finally feels he sees his reflection. “You know I always hated mirrors. I thought everyone felt so weird on their skin. I guess that’s not true, right?”
During Page’s appearance on “Late Night,” Meyers asked if Viktor’s support system was true to the actor’s real-life experience, which he shared that “most people were not surprised” and that his inner circle was very supportive.
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Meyers also questioned how “Juno” alum felt about the negativity surrounding his transition.
“What I want to focus on right now, and it was so great, is the degree of joy I feel, the degree of presence I feel. I feel a way I never really thought possible for a long, long time,” Page said. “Of course, some moments can be overwhelming.”
The actor added: “I feel so unhappy because we are all in the same group here, you know? Whether you are trans, not binary, cis, we all have these expectations and these limits and limitations because of people obsessed with binary and how “I’m supposed to live. For me, it would be so special for us all to be able to connect and talk about how much we all look alike.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Elliot Page on Viktor’s Academy’s trans’s character journey