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When Acting Isn't Just Acting: The Issue of Cisgender Actors in Transgender Roles

Recent films like The Danish Girl, Dallas Buyers' Club, and TV show, Transparent are being applauded for their portrayal of trans characters. However, a big problem in the representation of these characters persists: not only are these characters being played by cisgender actors, but they are being played by cisgender actors of the wrong gender.  For example, Eddie Redmayne plays a trans woman in The Danish Girl, but by casting a cisgender man as a trans woman - the character's gender identity is undermined, especially when superb trans actresses such as Laverne Cox, Hari Nef, and Candis Cayne prove that there amazing trans actors working in the industry today.

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