Elliot Page introduced himself as a transgender on Instagram earlier today. The Instagram post was a long statement from the Juno and Umbrella Academy actor detailing their joy and fear in coming out as a transgender person.
“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,” wrote Page. “The truth is, despite being profoundly happy right now and knowing how much privilege I carry, I am also scared.”
Previously known as Ellen Page, he rose to fame in a breakthrough performance in 2007’s coming-of-age rom-com Juno as the titular pregnant teenager, getting an Oscar nomination for Lead Actress as a result. He later came out as gay in 2014 and quickly became a flag bearer for Hollywood’s LGBTQIA+ community.
The X-Men: Days of Future Past actor now goes by he/they pronouns and joins a small group of prominent Hollywood transgender figures alongside Orange Is The New Black‘s Laverne Cox, Pose‘s Indya Moore and Euphoria‘s Hunter Schafer.
Support for Page has been rather positive, with the official Umbrella Academy Instagram account leaving a comment that reads: “So proud of our superhero!! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!!!”
Netflix will also be keeping Page as a cast member for the third season of Umbrella Academy (via Variety). This may come to no surprise as the show has always been inclusive towards the LGBTQIA+ community and narrative.
Don’t judge a book by its cover, for behind all this makeup, is a geek just like you. To simply put it, superheroes, Star Wars, Harry Potter and all things gore and creepy makes this girly girl swoon.