Elliot Page Tells how ‘Umbrella Academy’ Showrunner Was Excited About Incorporating Actor’s Transition into The Show
Elliot Page, who plays Allison in The Umbrella Academy, spoke to Seth Meyers on Late Night last night about how the show incorporated his own personal transition into Season 3 of the show, which premieres today on Netflix. “With Steve Blackman, the showrunner of Umbrella,” Page said, “When we first talked about it he seemed really excited about incorporating it into the show.”
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Page said in a recent interview that they brought on journalist, and author Thomas Page McBee to help make sure the transition of Viktor’s character from Vanya to Viktor was done respectfully and smoothly. McBee is known for his work on the TV show Tales of the City (he wrote the book Amateur, which is about a young man who transitions from female to male) and has worked with Page before on other projects.
You can watch Page’s interview on Late Night below.
Asked this morning about how viewers have responded to his turn as Viktor, Page told GMA, “So far it’s seemed really positive, which makes me feel happy in terms of the representation, and hopefully it is meaning something to people.” On the flip side, Meyers last night asked the actor about enduring negative reactions to his transition.
“What I want to focus on right now, and has been so extraordinary,” Page told the Late-Night host, “is the degree of joy that I feel. The degree of presence that I feel. I feel a way that I never thought possible for a long, long time.”
In March, Page revealed his character’s transition on social media. where he wrote “Meet Viktor Hargreeves,” with a first-look photo. Netflix quickly show interest and happiness with a retweet of Page’s post, writing “Welcome to the family, Viktor — we’re so happy you’re here.”
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