The 33-year-old actor discussed his new role in The Danish Girl and what it was like to play a transgender female. Here’s what he shared:
On the first time he read the script for The Danish Girl: “I found it profoundly moving. I knew nothing about it going in. It felt like it was a piece about authenticity and love and the courage it takes to be yourself.”
On feelings of masculinity vs femininity: “I suppose it depends on what you think of as masculine and feminine. I was musical, and I was into theater and arts, but I was also into sports, so I had quite a broad spectrum. I can also totally see that other people see a femininity in me.”
On receiving advice from the trans community on his role in The Danish Girl: “People were so kind and generous with their experience, but also so open. Virtually all of the trans men and women I met would say ‘Ask me anything.’ They know that need for cisgender people to be educated. I felt like, I’m being given this extraordinary experience of being able to play this women, but with that comes this responsibility of not only educating myself but hopefully using that to educate [an audience]. Gosh, it’s delicate. And complicated.
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