Elliot Page Reflects on His Journey as 'The Umbrella Academy's Viktor Hargreeves

·2 min read
Photo credit: Netflix
Photo credit: Netflix

Of all The Umbrella Academy's seemingly countless group of zany, super-powered individuals, Elliot Page's Viktor Hargreeves just might be our favorite—and the most formidable. How many Marvel characters can say they ushered in the apocalypse? (OK, more than a few, but you get our point.)

Throughout The Umbrella Academy's two-season-long run, which began in 2019, Hargreeves has had quite a journey, which includes time-traveling antics and the discovery of a swath of abilities, including telekinesis and sound manipulation. Now, in Season Three of The Umbrella Academy, which hits Netflix on June 22, Hargreeves will reportedly come out as transgender, nearly two years after Page disclosed that he is transgender. In Esquire's new cover story featuring Page, the actor spoke about his journey with The Umbrella Academy and his fellow cast members.

"I love making The Umbrella Academy," Page said. "I’ve learned how special it is to play one character for so long, to evolve with a family of characters. All of us have gone through a lot. Years have gone by, and we’ve changed and grown in our own ways. I love watching the growth happen alongside the show, our personalities interweaving and all of us having our own moments. I’m just learning to love the whole journey of it."

The new episodes of The Umbrella Academy will likely be the show's most explosive yet, following an altered timeline and the introduction of the rival Sparrow Academy. Netflix's description of Season Three reads, “Will they find a way back to their pre-apocalyptic lives? Or is this new world about to reveal more than just a hiccup in the timeline?”

Elsewhere in the cover story, Page also addressed if he's worried about getting typecast going forward in his career. "I think when people say, 'Oh, he’ll want to play cis male characters now,' the sensation I get is that the subtext is: They think that would be an accomplishment for me. Versus: I’m trans, I’m queer, and I want to play those roles," he said. "When I get asked, 'Are you worried about getting typecast?' You wouldn’t say to J-Law or Rooney Mara or someone, are they worried about getting typecast as cis straight women? But at the same time, of course I want a space where trans people are getting cast as cis characters. Of course."

You Might Also Like