As he introduced himself to the world, actor Elliot Page received lots of love.
The Juno star, formerly known as Ellen Page, announced Tuesday that he is a non-binary, transgender person.
His wife, Emma Portner, shared Page’s statement to her own page. Portner called her husband’s existence “a gift in and of itself” and added, “Shine on sweet E. Love you so much.”
Within a few hours, Page’s name had been changed on Netflix, where he stars in The Umbrella Academy. Variety reported that he would continue to play the role of Vanya Hargreeves, citing insiders who said there would be no change of gender for the female character.
Six hours after Page’s post on social media, more than 1.6 million people had “liked” his Instagram post. Those with recognizable names cheered him on in the comments.
Even his Netflix show about a family of superheroes congratulated him.
Several Umbrella Academy cast members expressed their support, too. Justin Min sent him a sweet message, “Welcome to the fam, Elliot.” Meanwhile, Marin Ireland said simply, “I love you Elliot.” David Castaneda kept it even shorter, posting “yes” and star emojis in his retweet of Page’s heartfelt letter.
They weren’t the only ones.
Musicians Tegan and Sara commended Page on his “strength, bravery and activism.”
Profound love and admiration for you @TheElliotPage !! Your strength, bravery and activism – not to mention all the art you contribute to this earth – is truly special. Thank you for being so open about your journey and for fighting so hard to make the world a better place. ❤️❤️ https://t.co/2WLs0eT49v
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) December 1, 2020
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres sent well wishes of her own, calling out Page’s “courage and honesty.”
Sending love to my friend, @TheElliotPage. You inspire me with your strength, courage and honesty.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 1, 2020
Kat Dennings, Natasha Lyonne, Dan Levy and Ugly Betty’s Michael Urie were among those who sent heart emojis.
GLAAD noted that Page has long been an advocate for the LGBTQ community. “Elliot will now be an inspiration to countless trans and non-binary people. We celebrate him,” the advocacy organization said in part.
Here are some of the other welcoming reactions Page received, from Jazz Jennings, Todrick Hall, Jameela Jamil and many more:
If you need me, I will be standing Elliot all day!
— Todrick Hall (@todrick) December 1, 2020
“To finally love who I am.” What a sentiment. I’m so very happy for you. Congrats, Elliot. ♥️
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) December 1, 2020
Congratulations, king <3 SO happy for you!!!
— James Charles (@jamescharles) December 1, 2020
I’ve never met Elliot Page, tho I’ve been at events & shyly waved. I’ve been a huge fan ever since “Juno” and – in real life – get nervous around people I adore. So I’ve just enjoyed his work – films & docs – from afar. Next time I’m not only saying hi, I’m saying “Thank you.” ❤️
— Ross Mathews (@helloross) December 1, 2020
Love you, Elliot. We’re lucky to have you and your voice and your heart and your fight in this world.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) December 1, 2020
Elliot Page has been a shining light in the LGBTQ+ community for years now, and I wish him nothing but love and joy in this new chapter. https://t.co/N8FgdDl6dR
— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) December 1, 2020
I’ve been a fan of Elliot’s for a very long time and am excited to see him continue his fantastic work in the years to come. https://t.co/2KAdiCIyi4
— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 1, 2020
Wishing you every blessing and happiness as you begin your new adventure dear Elliot!! How great! X❤️x❤️x❤️
— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 1, 2020
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