“We need to make sure that trans men and women actually find work. “
Alicia Vikander fully understands the criticisms that surrounded her 2015 film, Danish girl.
The film sparked backlash after Alicia’s co-star Eddie Redmayne was cast to play a transgender woman, despite being cisgender.
The film tells the real-life love story of Danish painters Einar and Gerda Wegener, as Einar became one of the first people to undergo operations to become a woman.
“When we were making the film, it was a very enriching experience. And I think Eddie did a terrific job in that role, ”Alicia told Insider.
She continued, “I totally understand the criticisms that have been made because we need to make changes and we need to make sure that trans men and women really get on and find work. “
“My only concern is that maybe we need to get to a point at the end where we have trans women and men playing cis characters. Because that’s the main thing, you know? Alicia concludes.
At the time of the film’s release, director Tom Hooper shared a similar sentiment, expressing that he also chose trans actors in cis roles.
Eddie also shared his thoughts at the time, sharing that he hopes “there will be a day when there will be more trans actors and trans actresses playing trans roles, but also cisgender roles.”
“And I hope – as an actor we hope – that we should be able to play any role if we play it with a sense of integrity and responsibility,” he said. he told Indiewire.
You can read Vikander’s full interview here.
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