Life for Elliot Page has only gotten better since he came out as transgender.
The Umbrella Academy star opened up about a “level of joy” he never thought possible on Tuesday’s episode of Late Night With Seth Meyers, and shared that he’s learned to deal with the negative reactions of the crowd hide people.
“It’s drastically improved my life,” Page said of the transition. “I hope, you know, I hope maybe people who have a problem with me can try to hear that or embrace that on some level.”
“What I want to focus on now and what has been so extraordinary is the level of joy I feel, the level of presence I feel,” he added. “I’m feeling in a way that I didn’t think was possible for a really, really long, long time.”
While Page’s loved ones support him, the actor has previously spoken out about the “hate and cruelty” that has befallen him since publicly announcing in late 2020 that he is a transgender man, including being verbally abused by a stranger the street.
Page said that certain “moments can be overwhelming,” but he chooses to focus on the positive despite the spate of anti-trans legislation being rolled out across the country.
“I feel like it’s one of those things where it’s so unfortunate because it’s like we’re all on the same team here, you know?” he told Meyers, adding that everyone is independent of his gender identity is “limited and constrained because people are obsessed with the binary world.”
The actor added, “It would be very special to me if we could all connect and talk about how alike we are throughout our travels.”
Ultimately, Page said the transition “made me better” both as a person and as an actor.
Mirroring Page’s own real-life experience, his character in the Netflix superhero series Umbrella Academy, who previously presented as a woman, appears as transgender in the new season, which premiered Wednesday.
The character’s transition was praised by fans and critics alike, with Page stating that showrunner Steve Blackman was “really excited to bring him onto the show,” noting that he’s “proud of it and excited for people to see him.” .
“It’s a beautiful thing to experience now,” Page said. “Because most of my life has just been trying to move forward and I think that embracing the experience as much as I can now has made me better in so many facets. As a person, as a friend, relationships.”