Canadian actor Elliot Page has recently shared that his character in The Umbrella Academy, previously known as Vanya Hargreeves, will come out as transgender in the upcoming season of the show and will have a new name — Viktor Hargreeves.
On Tuesday, Page, 35, took to both Instagram and Twitter to share the news. “Meet Viktor Hargreeves,” Page captioned along with a photo of the character’s new look.
The Halifax-born actor came out as transgender in December 2020, inspiring trans youth around the world through his activism and openness. “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot,” Page shared on an Instagram post.
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Not long after Page’s announcement about Viktor, the official Netflix account responded to the coming out of the character to show support. “Welcome to the family, Viktor — we’re so happy you’re here,” they tweeted.
Netflix further verified the character will transition in a quote tweet on the companies official LGBTQIA2s+ Twitter account, “FEELS SO GOOD TO SAY THIS: Elliot Page stars as Viktor Hargreeves in Umbrella Academy S3!!!”
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The actor seems to be receiving open amounts of support from fans, Netflix and the official Umbrella Academy Instagram account. The account (@umbrellaacad) commented on Page’s announcement “WE LOVE YOU VIKTOR” with two violin emojis in support (the violins represent a detail from season one of the show).
Season three is set to release on Netflix on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 — we can’t wait to officially meet you Viktor.
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