Laverne Cox spoke about non-trans people playing trans roles

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 10: Actors Laverne Cox and Katherine Heigl speak onstage at the 'Doubt' panel discussion during the CBS portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Laverne Cox has spoken about casting trans roles and whether cis men are good for playing trans women. Cox was one of those who condemned choosing a cis male actor Mat Bomer to play a trans woman in the drama “Anything”.“My experience as a trans woman playing a trans character is that I have found that audiences not only have empathy for the character that I play but they find themselves having empathy for the actor who plays that character,” Cox said, “And I think there’s a lot of evidence that this moment happening with me and ‘Orange’ has created an enormous amount of social change. Right? I mean, like just look at the resume! The proof is there.” Cox went on saying that cis actors may be amazing in playing trans characters and they can cope with the task perfectly, the problem is not actually in them. The problem is in fact that seeing cross-dressed ales as trans women on TV will convince people that trans women in real life are no more than cross-dressed men, which will lead to misunderstanding and even violence. It does not mean that there should be a division into trans and cis, male and female roles, if actors are good, they cannot be limited in who to play. It means only that there should be more trans actors on screen.


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