‘When we rise’ star Ivory Aquino comes out as trans

Ivory Aquino arrives at the Disney ABC Television group Winter TCA Press Tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, California on January 10, 2017. / AFP / CHRIS DELMAS (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The actress who plays a transgender activist in ABC mini-series has given a very emotional interview to People magazine. She has always had a willing to be an actress and to connect her life with film industry, but considered it to be impossible before her transition. And now she feels perfectly and she takes her right place, meaning not only her body, but also her place on screens. She is who she always wanted to be and she does what she always wanted to do.

Reflecting on the play, she said: “I would look out into the audience every night — I tear up from the love I felt from them. They didn’t know I was transgender and it didn’t matter because they were invested in the story and the character and for me, as an actress, that’s what matters.” Remembering her first meeting with the film creator Dustin Lance Black Aquino said: “He said he loved what I did, but was a little pissed at casting because he was very committed to having a transgender actress play the role and had asked them to send him tapes of transgender actresses.” And now all the awkward moments are left behind and all she feels is the happiness of her dreams coming true.


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