10 Trans Actors
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the importance of diversity and representation in the entertainment industry. Among the many voices advocating for change, trans actors are making significant strides in Hollywood, breaking barriers and challenging traditional norms. Here are 10 trans actors who are not only changing the landscape of the film and television industry but also inspiring a new generation of performers.
- Indya Moore
- MJ Rodriguez
- Laverne Cox
- Asia Kate Dillon
- Brian Michael Smith
- Lilly Wachowski
- Jamie Clayton
- Tom Phelan
- Chella Man
- Nicole Maines
1. Laverne Cox
Laverne Cox is a trailblazer in the trans community and a familiar face in Hollywood. Her groundbreaking role as Sophia Burset in the hit series “Orange Is the New Black” catapulted her into the spotlight. Cox’s advocacy for trans rights and visibility has made her an influential figure, and her success has paved the way for other trans actors.
2. Indya Moore
Known for their role as Angel Evangelista in the groundbreaking series “Pose,” Indya Moore has become a powerful voice for trans representation. Beyond acting, Moore uses their platform to address issues affecting the trans community and advocates for greater inclusivity in the entertainment industry.
3. MJ Rodriguez
MJ Rodriguez has gained widespread acclaim for her portrayal of Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in “Pose.” Rodriguez’s talent and charisma have garnered attention, earning her historic nominations and breaking barriers for trans performers in Hollywood.
4. Asia Kate Dillon
Breaking gender barriers, Asia Kate Dillon is known for their roles in “Billions” and “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.” Dillon is not only a talented actor but also an advocate for gender non-conformity, challenging the industry to reconsider how roles are traditionally assigned based on gender.
5. Brian Michael Smith
Brian Michael Smith is making waves in Hollywood with roles in series like “9-1-1: Lone Star” and “Queen Sugar.” As an openly trans man, Smith is contributing to a more inclusive portrayal of trans experiences, showcasing the diversity within the community.
6. Lilly Wachowski
Co-creator of the iconic “Matrix” series, Lilly Wachowski came out as a trans woman in 2016. Her successful career, along with her candid discussions about gender identity, has helped challenge stereotypes and inspire trans individuals pursuing careers in filmmaking.
7. Jamie Clayton
Jamie Clayton rose to prominence with her role in the Netflix series “Sense8.” As a trans actress, Clayton advocates for authentic trans representation in the media and continues to contribute to changing perceptions of trans individuals through her work.
8. Tom Phelan
Tom Phelan is known for their role in the critically acclaimed series “The Fosters.” As a non-binary actor, Phelan brings a unique perspective to their roles and is actively involved in advocating for better representation of non-binary and trans individuals in the industry.
9. Chella Man
Chella Man, a deaf and trans actor, has been gaining attention for his roles in “Titans” and “Doom Patrol.” Beyond acting, Man uses his platform to raise awareness about disability and trans issues, contributing to a more inclusive and intersectional representation in Hollywood.
10. Nicole Maines
Nicole Maines made history as the first openly transgender superhero on television, playing Nia Nal/Dreamer in “Supergirl.” Maines continues to advocate for trans rights and visibility, using her platform to inspire positive change in the industry.
These 10 trans actors are reshaping the narrative in Hollywood, not only by showcasing their incredible talent but also by using their platforms to advocate for trans rights, visibility, and authentic representation. As the entertainment industry continues to evolve, their contributions serve as a testament to the importance of diversity, acceptance, and inclusivity in storytelling. The impact of these trailblazers extends beyond the screen, influencing a more inclusive and understanding society.