Ellen Page Says Vanya Feels Like a ‘New Character’ in Season 2


Changes are coming when The Umbrella Academy Season 2 is released on Netflix starting Friday, July 31. The first season left fans on the edge of their seat. So naturally, everyone is ready to dive back into the mess created by the Hargreeves family. But in a recent interview, Ellen Page hinted viewers may not recognize Vanya when The Umbrella Academy returns for its second season. So here’s what to expect moving forward.

What happened to Vanya in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 1?

Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves on 'The Umbrella Academy'
Ellen Page as Vanya Hargreeves on ‘The Umbrella Academy’ | Netflix

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In The Umbrella Academy Season 1, Vanya was introduced as the one Hargreeves child who didn’t have special powers. However, she turned out to be the most powerful of all. Vanya can manipulate sound into energy, and her ability to do so is tied to her emotions.

When Vanya learned about her powers on The Umbrella Academy, she realized Reginald suppressed her emotions. As a result, she broke down and became The White Violin. Then in the finale, Vanya went on a rampage, even killing Pogo (Adam Godley) for knowing the truth about her powers. 

By the end of The Umbrella Academy Season 1 finale, the Hargreeves came together to stop Vanya from destroying the world. However, they were unable to escape the apocalypse, as Vanya shot a beam of energy at the moon. So Five (Aidan Gallagher) gathered his siblings and everyone jumped back in time.

[Spoiler Alert: The Umbrella Academy Season 2.]

Ellen Page discusses Vanya in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ Season 2

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In an interview with Entertainment Tonight Canada published in July 2020, Page teased what’s next for Vanya in The Umbrella Academy Season 2. And despite the character’s downfall in the first season, it seems Vanya will be rejuvenated when the Netflix series comes back. 

“Vanya, at the beginning this season is quite different than last season,” Page said. “And in many ways, she felt like establishing a bit of a new character. At the end of the first season, we see her release a lot of energy, a lot of repressed emotions, anger, and trauma. It doesn’t benefit the world because she does blow up the moon.”

She continued, “But we find her in the beginning of the second season and she’s lighter, she’s happier, she’s more open. She can connect to her emotions, she can connect to other people, she falls in love for the first time.”

Page also noted Vanya’s journey in the second season was “fulfilling.” Though she didn’t exactly reveal whether or not her character’s path ends on a happy note.

“As an actor, it was about figuring out how she was going to exist,” Page said. “You know, the way she moves, the way she talks, the way she relates to…

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