Elliot Page will continue to play the role of Vanya Hargreeves in Netflix‘s hit comic book series, The Umbrella Academy. As of right now, there are no plans to change the Vanya’s gender to reflect that of Page. Yesterday, Page made the announcement that he is a gender non-binary transgender person, making the following statement:
“Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life. I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society. I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all the trans people who deal with harassment, self-loathing, abuse, and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you, and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.”
Netflix will be updating the actor’s name from Ellen to Elliot in the metadata on the streaming service, though it has already been changed on The Umbrella Academy IMDB page. Page’s career began in 1997, with his breakthrough role in Jason Reitman’s Juno, earning Page nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Critics’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award. He went on to star as Kitty Pryde in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men: Days of Future Past, as well as films such as Whipt It and Inception.