"When I’m slightly scared by a read, I know the character is for me," she says, adding that after reading Downton Abbey’s script, she initially found the prospect of playing Lady Mary terrifying. "I’m not that person, I thought," she says. "Then I realized that fear was actually good, that it whet my appetite."
Michelle Dockery, Angeleno Magazine, March 2014
TATIANA MASLANY RAPPING
what the fuck is that, i dont even know I AM TAT
Taylor Swift attends the Vanity Fair Oscar Party
When I look down at this golden statue, may it remind me and every little child that no matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid. Thank you.
Cis men like Jared Leto have their pick of roles in Hollywood. Meanwhile, trans* actors are rarely considered, and when substantial roles are written as trans* they are almost always cast with cis actors. The cis actors are celebrated as the trans* actors are shut out, and this is wrong.
Or maybe they chose him because he’s an amazing actor, who they thought could do the part …
I was expecting at least one person to naively respond with this exact argument. On the surface it sounds really compelling—believe me, I used to spout defensive stuff like this all the time. Pretending it is all a meritocracy, prioritizing an actor’s “talent” over the representation of marginalized people…
When we say things like this, we are basically saying that the best people to portray trans characters are people who are not trans. As if good acting and being trans are mutually exclusive, and that is good enough of a reason to justify leaving them out of stories about them.
And the arrogance, the enormous arrogance of us cis people to think that we can portray the struggles of trans people better than they can—better than the people who have to live in the cissexist world that we create that they have to live in!
Jared Leto played trans in a movie and tonight he’s taking home that golden statue. Tommorow he will wake up and field a ton of phone calls offering him roles to play exciting cis characters. Meanwhile, trans people will continue to struggle for representation in the scarce amount of films about them. They’ll continue to struggle for basic rights while Dallas Buyers Club and the Academy’s Best Supporting Actor award for a trans woman character reinforce to the average cis person that the gender identities of trans people are not real, that the best actors to play trans characters are cis actors, and that trans people are not needed in movies with trans characters.
Congrats on Winning Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o!