Elliot Page took to his social media platforms to announce the exciting update that fans have been waiting for… His character will now be known as Viktor Hargreeves.
Viktor will mirror the actor’s own personal life by coming out as Transgender on the show.
The series originally began as a set of comics written by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba. Speaking with Reddit AMA in 2014, Way stated “I have always been extremely sensitive to those that have gender identity issues as I feel like I have gone through it as well, if even on a small scale”
Elliot’s Umbrella Academy family have showered him with love and support with an official tweet from the show’s account saying “we love you Viktor”
? WE LOVE YOU VIKTOR ?
— Umbrella Academy (@UmbrellaAcad) March 29, 2022
His co-stars and fellow siblings on the show also shared their reactions online with Justin H. Min saying “Ben would be proud” along with Emmy Raver-Lampman who plays Alison, writing “I love you”
Fans of the extraordinary actor and activist have been nothing but overjoyed with the news that his character will come out as Transgender:
i literally just cried over elliot page’s announcement that his character will be Viktor in the upcoming season of Umbrella Academy,,,,we love trans representation
— mason (@mbaeson) March 29, 2022
Many have reflected on how much it means to have honest and respectful Trans representation on TV.
Listen, as a trans man who has loved the original Umbrella Academy comics since they came out, this means like, a truly significant amount to me. ❤️ So much love to @TheElliotPage. ?❤️❤️❤️ https://t.co/9TghmZreaS
— ? (@TheSpiritualAr2) March 30, 2022
Fans have also commented on how Page is paving the way for Transgender and Non-Binary actors who may feel as though they cannot come out for fear of ruining their careers.
This is a historic precedent for trans/nb actors who feel like they can’t come out b/c it would risk their careers—@UmbrellaAcad is genuinely going to improve people’s lives thru basic respect+representation w/ @TheElliotPage's new character arc.https://t.co/rJ3fYlU3tC
— linda codega, local terror (@lincodega) March 30, 2022
This announcement means a great deal to the LGBTQ+ community and the messages of love and adoration online are a testament to that.
In the midst of coming out as trans, Elliot Page's character in the Umbrella Academy has transitioned to Victor!
Elliott will not only play as a character that matches with his identity, but will also provide another wonderful piece of trans masculine representation in media! :] https://t.co/OOG3vzH0cM
— Trans + NB Positivity (@assigned_me) March 30, 2022
The series follows a distant and dysfunctional family of adopted supernatural siblings who reunite following their father’s death. They each possess supernatural powers and use them to survive the obstacles thrown their way. Viktor’s character development has been the most significant with the revelation that he is the most powerful sibling.
The Umbrella Academy has an enormous fanbase of dedicated fans who praise both the representation and the fascinating plot.
Elliot Page’s character coming out as Transgender is a positive step toward even more representation for the LGBTQ+ community on screen. His activism is nothing short of inspiring and he will change so many lives with his new storyline in the show.
Elliot is our superhero and we can’t wait to meet Viktor Hargreeves on June 22 this year!
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