Alicia Vikander Wants Trans Women and Men Actors Playing Cis Characters

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday August 2, 2021

Despite the problematic casting of a cis male actor as a transgender woman, Alicia Vikander shared that making "The Danish Girl" was a "learning experience" and Eddie Redmayne was "wonderful in role."

As reported by Insider, Vikander acknowledged that Hollywood still has a long way to go when it comes to transgender representation and roles for transgender actors. However, one day soon, she said she hopes to see trans women and men playing cisgender characters on film.

"I totally understand the criticism that has been out there, because we need to make change and we need to make sure that trans men and women actually get a foot in and get work," Vikander told Insider. The interview was to promote her current film, "The Green Knight."

Vikander added, "My only concern is that we may need to get to a point in the end where we have trans women and men playing cis characters," she said, Insider reports. "Because that is the main thing, you know?"

Redmayne's performance earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Meanwhile, trans character roles and transgender representation on film still dwindles. For her part, Vikander won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as his wife.

"When we were making the film, it was such a learning experience," said Vikander, Insider reports."I think Eddie did a wonderful job in the role."

In previously addressing his controversial casting as Lili Ebe, the first transgender woman to receive gender-confirmation surgery, Redmayne pointed out that trans actors were cast in cis roles in the film.

"For me, I hope there's a day when there are more trans actors and trans actresses playing trans parts, but also cisgender parts," said Redmayne told Indie Wire in 2015. "And I hope — as an actor one hopes — that one should be able to play any sort of part if one plays it with a sense of integrity and responsibility."