The Umbrella Academy Creator Re-wrote Season 3 After Elliot Page Came Out

One of the best trans-coming-out storylines in TV history occurs in Season 3 of Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy when Elliot Page’s character, Viktor Hargreeves, reveals himself to his siblings. The implementation is so flawless that the poor quality of a major fraction of trans TV almost seems ludicrous.

Some people believed Page requested the plot, but showrunner and series creator Steve Blackman explained that it was all his idea.

“I had already finished the season, the writers were gone, scripts were finished and I got a call from Elliot one day saying, ‘I’m transitioning.’ I was very happy for him,” Blackman told Entertainment Tonight in an interview. “To his credit, he didn’t demand that I write it into the story. He said, ‘Do what you want. I trust you. Write it in, don’t write it in, whatever you want to do.’ Elliot is very kind like that.”

“Ultimately, I decided to write it in, but to be honest, I did not know a lot about what it is to be transgender and I didn’t know how to tell that story,” Blackman added.

He sought assistance from Thomas Page McBee, a trans writer and journalist, as well as Nick Adams, vice president of the GLAAD Media Institute.

What Else Did Steve Blackman Say?

“[Thomas has] been through the experience and he became my guide,” Blackman said. “In collaboration with Elliot, they talked me through what it means to be trans, what it means, how it feels and how to tell a story.”

Blackman highlighted that he didn’t want to overshadow Viktor’s transition even though he did want to portray it. “I didn’t want to hang a lantern on it and make it the sob story of the season. We all agreed that we want it to be something that just happened and let the family react to it. That was the hard balance to find that,” he explained.

“I’m really proud of what we did, but it was definitely collaborative. I needed both [Page and McBee] to really help guide me. I learned a lot about what it is to be transgender. I’m still learning actually,” Blackman also added, “And I love that our family, like real families, can absolutely accept someone being transgender and bring them into their family with love and appreciation.”

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