‘The Umbrella Academy’: Ellen Page Calls Season 2 an ‘Exciting Opportunity’ to Portray LGBTQ Issues

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ellen Page as Vanya

Ellen Page has been talking about about LGBTQ points since she got here out herself. She co-hosted the Vice sequence Gaycation shedding gentle on LGBTQ tales around the globe, and posted a revealing Pride month photograph along with her spouse, Emma Portner, in 2019. Season 2 of The Umbrella Academy brings up LGBTQ points in Vanya (Page)’s storyline too.

[Spoiler alert: This article incorporates spoilers for season 2 of The Umbrella Academy.]

Ellen Page as Vanya
Ellen Page | Netflix

Page was on a Television Critics Association panel for The Umbrella Academy on Aug. 4. She spoke about Vanya’s romance in season 2, within the ’60s no much less. Season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.

Ellen Page says Vanya is feeling a lot better in season 2 of ‘The Umbrella Academy’

Season 1 of The Umbrella Academy was in regards to the Hargreeves household making an attempt to forestall the apocalypse. It turned out Vanya herself brought on the apocalypse by repressing her powers for therefore lengthy and letting them out. She’s feeling a lot better now, Page says. 

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Ellen Page | Netflix

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“Yes, the end of the first season, she lets out a lot of energy, a lot of repressed emotion, and memories,” Page mentioned. “It doesn’t benefit the world, because she does blow up the moon. Where we find Vanya at the beginning of the second season, that release has actually helped her a lot in many ways. She’s much lighter. She’s much more able to connect with human beings in a real way.”

‘The Umbrella Academy’ explores LGBTQ relationships in season 2

At the start of season 2, The Umbrella Academy reveals that Five (Aiden Gallagher) despatched all of his siblings into completely different years within the 1960s. That is a tumultuous time for all of them, but it surely additionally opens Vanya as much as love. 

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L-R: Marin Ireland and Ellen Page | Netflix

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“She falls in love for the first time,” Page mentioned. “She’s more able to be connected to and in control of her emotions. When we see everything sort of surge back up and her have the experience that she has, whilst on acid, you do see the realization of what she’s done overcome her and overwhelm her, in terms of the shame for what she did to the world, what she did to Allison, etc.  But, for the most part, you know, Vanya in many ways is doing a lot better this season.”

Ellen Page was on board for her LGBTQ storyline

Page sees the advantages of Vanya’s season 2 storyline as twofold. One, it presents one other constructive portrayal of LGBTQ characters. Two, it may possibly educate Umbrella Academy viewers on a troublesome time in LGBTQ historical past.

“I think for me to have the opportunity to film a season where Vanya falls in love for the first time and has this experience and have it be with a woman was a really exciting opportunity,” Page mentioned. “Especially since it takes place in the ‘60s, being able to show some of the obstacles at that time obviously in an era where it was illegal, considered a mental illness.”

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L-R: Marin Ireland and Ellen Page | Netflix

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Since the viewers for The Umbrella Academy tuned in to see a superhero present, Page hopes her storyline places LGBTQ points in entrance of latest allies. 

“Yes, to be able to do it in a show like this that has the reach that the show has, and to tell a story that I think hopefully shows the beauty and the joy that these women have together and then also reflects very realistic obstacles, that was the goal in order for it to be a positive representation in the world.”

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