Elliot Page’s life has only gotten better since he became transgender.
The Umbrella Academy star spoke about feeling a “degree of joy” he never imagined on Tuesday’s episode of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” sharing that he’s learned to ignore people’s backlash.
“It has radically improved my life,” Page said of the transition. “I hope, you know, I hope that people who have problems with me can try to hear it or accept it on some level.”
“What I want to focus on right now, and that was so extraordinary, is the degree of joy that I feel, the degree of presence that I feel,” he added. “I feel things that I never thought were possible for a long, long time.”
While Page’s loved ones have been supportive, the actor has previously spoken out about the “hatred and cruelty” he’s received since publicly announcing he’s transgender in late 2020, including being verbally abused by a stranger on the street.
Page said some “moments can be overwhelming,” but he prefers to focus on the positive despite the deluge of anti-transgender bills that are rolling out across the country.
“I feel like it’s one of those things where it’s so unfortunate because we’re all on the same team here, you know?” he told Meyers, adding that everyone faces “restrictions and limitations due to people’s obsession with binary code,” regardless of their gender identity.
The actor added, “It would be special to me if we could all connect and talk about how similar we are in all of our travels.”
Ultimately, Page said the transition “made me a better person” both as a person and as an actor.
Reflecting Page’s own real-life experiences, his character in the Netflix superhero series The Umbrella Academy, who was previously portrayed as a woman, becomes transgender in the new season, which premiered on Wednesday.
The character’s transition has received praise from fans and critics alike, with Page explaining that showrunner Steve Blackman was “really excited to have him on the show” and noted that he was “proud of it and excited for people to see it”.
“It’s a beautiful thing to experience now,” Page said. “Because most of the time my life was just trying to move forward, so getting as much experience as I am getting now, I think it has made me a better person in many ways. As a person, as a friend, relationship.