Elliot Page greets fans as he arrives for an interview at Good Morning America in New York City on Wednesday (June 22).
The 35-year-old actor has been hard at work promoting the upcoming season of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy.
During an appearance on Tuesday’s episode of Late Night, Elliot spoke with Seth Meyers about his decision to come out in December 2020 and how it’s impacted his life.
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He began by discussing the way his Umbrella Academy character’s plotline, which he worked on with creator Steve Blackman, reflected his own transition.
“When we first talked about it, he seemed really excited about incorporating it into the show,” he shared, adding that they also worked with trans author and journalist Thomas Page McBee, who “came on board and helped out and I feel proud of it and I’m excited for people to see it.”
Elliot went on to reflect on the response he received from friends and family about his transition, which he says was overwhelmingly supportive.
“I feel really grateful for that,” he shared. “Most people [in my life] weren’t surprised.”
He added of the negative feedback he’s received, “What I want to focus on right now, and has been so extraordinary, is the degree of joy that I feel, the degree of presence that I feel. I feel a way that I really never thought possible for a long, long time. That’s really what I’m focusing on and embracing the most.”
“Of course, some moments can be overwhelming,” Elliot admitted. “[And] I feel like it’s so unfortunate because we’re all on the same team here, you know? Whether you’re trans, non-binary, cis, we all have these expectations and these limits and constraints… to me it would be so special for us to all be able to connect and talk about how similar we all are.”
He went on to say that he’s found he’s been able to connect to his work as an actor to a greater degree since transitioning.
“I think it’s made me better in so many facets,” he said. “As a person, as a friend, and in relationships… It’s improved my life drastically, and I hope that people who do have an issue with me could try and hear that and embrace that on some level.”
Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy hits Netflix on June 22. Check out the latest trailer here.
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