How “Umbrella Academy” created the story of Eliot Page on the Coming-Out screen

How “Umbrella Academy” created the story of Eliot Page on the Coming-Out screen

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After Elliot Page came out as a trans in December 2020, Umbrella Academy Director Steve Blackman was willing to bring the actor’s transition to the screen. There was only one problem: Season 3 was already mapped out and the scripts were pretty much set. Filming was to begin in just two weeks.

Against all odds, they did it: This season, Umbrella Academy will re-introduce Page’s character with a new name, Victor Hargreaves.

To help Victor’s life, the production brought Page’s friend (and writer / journalist), Thomas Page McBee.

“Necessarily, this was an opportunity to show a transition so organic, so fundamental to the character, that it could only work in conjunction with the existing character arcs, not overshadow them,” wrote Page McBee about participation. Umbrella Academy specifically to help shape Viktor’s transition story on screen, into an essay on honorable sir from the beginning of this month.

“In this story, being trans is a context, a focus, an intensification of perspective that will only deepen the connection that millions of viewers already have with Victor and his family.”

Viktor’s come-out is, as Page McBee puts it, “economical” to execute – though that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The only reversal of the plot here is that such a carefully crafted maneuver would happen on Netflix, a streamer that is increasingly considered to be anti-trans and also, very often lately, comically unable to distinguish good character development from trash.

In the beginning Umbrella Academy Season 3 – which finally premiered on Wednesday – Viktor feels the loss of Sissy Cooper (Marin Ireland), who stole his heart after hitting him with her car. “He saw me as I really am,” he once said to Hargreeves’s sister, Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman). “I’m not ready to give up.” When they break up, Allison calls Victor a “good sister,” so the camera stays in his pensive expression.

In the second episode of the season, Viktor meets Sparrow Academy member Marcus (Justin Cornwell) —one of the Hargreeves that Viktor and the gang’s stepfather, Reginald, adopt in an alternate universe in place of Viktor and his brothers. . Although Marcus bluffs as if he has the upper hand – and perhaps even thinks he does – Victor Colly calls his enemy “meat in spandex” before reminding him which of them had already finished the world. twice. (Hint: It wasn’t Marcus.)



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Elliot Page as Viktor Hargreeves and Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreeves in “The Umbrella Academy.”

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Eliot Page as Victor Hargreaves and Tom Hopper as Luther Hargreaves at The Umbrella Academy.

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This conversation sets the stage for a confrontation between Victor and his brothers, who are not sure who anointed the determined crusader Marcus. Sister Tiff also becomes the scene for Victor to tell them who she really is, but only after revisiting the memory of Sissy Cooper for the last time.

As he reads old news in the library, Victor meets one who reveals that Sissy, whom he left behind on a different schedule, died in it. He remembers telling him that he had given her the greatest gift of his life: “You let me feel alive for the first time. You helped me find hope again. That’s a wonderful thing. “

After leaving the library, Victor finds himself looking at a poster with men’s haircuts in a barber shop window. Sissy’s voice echoes in his head: You do not even notice the box you are in until someone comes and leaves you outside.

When Victor approaches his brothers with a new, shorter, more masculine act, Diego’s brother (David Castaneda) stops what he was saying in the middle of the sentence. Hargreeves klaus’s half-sex brother (Robert Sheehan) keeps things relaxed: “I love the haircut.” Five (Aidan Gallagher), the deceptively young quintessence of the brothers, says nothing but nods approvingly.

However, only when someone asks who “chose” Victor to talk to Marcus does he get a bigger idea of ​​his transition. When someone uses his old name, he corrects him: “It’s Victor.”

“Who is Victor?”

“I am,” he says. “He is who I have always been.” Victor’s voice creaks with a hint of fear as he then asks, “Is this a problem for anyone?”



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Aidan Gallagher as Number Five, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves and Elliot Page as Viktor Hargreeves in “The Umbrella Academy.”

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Aidan Gallagher as Number Five, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison Hargreeves and Elliot Page as Viktor Hargreeves in “The Umbrella Academy”.

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Diego and Klaus approve, as do the Five – though with one caveat. “Really happy for you, Victor. “But the last time I checked, you were not talking about this family.”

At that moment, the soft music of the piano that quietly created the fragile mood just before the breaks, and returns as usual.

We return to the subject once more before episode 2 ends. When Victor goes out to Allison, she scolds herself for not knowing it before – a show of self-flagellation that Victor gently escapes, albeit with a little suppressed fun. “You could not know,” he says, “because, I mean, I did not know it completely.”

Sissy, Victor explains, “opened something inside me. He showed me that I would never be free to hide from who I really am. And after I lost her, I realized I just could no longer live in this box. I will not do it.

“You know, I always hated mirrors. I thought everyone felt so weird on their skin. I guess that’s not true.”

And when Allison asks what he sees in his own reflection now?

“Me. Only me.”

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