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Life has only gotten better for Elliot Page since coming out as transgender.

The ‘Umbrella Academy’ star opened up about feeling a ‘degree of joy’ he never thought possible on Tuesday’s episode of ‘Late Night With Seth Meyers,’ sharing that he’s learned to ignore the negative reactions from people.

“It has improved my life dramatically,” Page said of the transition. “I hope, you know, I hope people who have a problem with me can maybe try to hear that, or accept it on some level.”

“What I want to focus on right now that has been so amazing is the degree of joy I feel, the degree of presence I feel,” he added. “I feel a way that I never thought possible for a long, long time.”

While Page’s loved ones have been supportive, the actor has previously spoken of the “hate and cruelty” he’s received since coming out publicly as a transgender man in late 2020, including being verbally approached by a stranger on the street.

Page said some “moments can be overwhelming,” but he chooses to focus on the positive, despite the wave of anti-trans bills rolling 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 faces “limitations and constraints due to people’s obsession with binary,” regardless of their gender identity.

The actor added, “For me, it would be so special for us all to be able to connect and talk about our similarities in all of our journeys.”

Ultimately, Page said the transition “made me better” both as a person and as an actor.

Reflecting Page’s own real-life experience, her character from the Netflix superhero series “Umbrella Academy,” who previously portrayed herself as female, appears as transgender in the new season, which premiered Wednesday.

The character’s transition drew praise from fans and critics alike, with Page explaining that showrunner Steve Blackman was “really thrilled to bring him into the show” and remarking that he felt “proud of it and thrilled that people see”.

“It’s a beautiful thing to experience now,” Page said. “Because a lot of the time my life was just trying to move on, so enjoying the experience as much as possible now, I think that made me better in a lot of ways. As a person, as a friend, relationships.



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