Though Page anticipated to receive love and support after his announcement, he also prepared himself for a “massive amount of hatred and transphobia”—and that was, unfortunately, the case. As for how Page is feeling today? “This feeling of true excitement and deep gratitude to have made it to this point in my life,” he said, “mixed with a lot of fear and anxiety.”

Now, Page is on a mission to help other people in the transgender community. “My privilege has allowed me to have resources to get through and to be where I am today,” he said, “and of course I want to use that privilege and platform to help in the ways I can.”

And The Umbrella Academy star is ready to show who he really is on screen. “I’m really excited to act, now that I’m fully who I am, in this body,” he said. “No matter the challenges and difficult moments of this, nothing amounts to getting to feel how I feel now.”