Hilary Swank Says Trans Actors Would Have Been ‘A Lot More Right’ for ‘Boys Don’t Cry’

Hilary Swank is reflecting on one of her most iconic roles.

The 46-year-old actress opened up about her Best Actress Oscar-winning turn as Brandon Teena in Boy’s Don’t Cry back in 1999 in an interview with Variety.

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“Trans people weren’t really walking around in the world saying, ‘Hey, I’m trans.’ Twenty-one years later, not only are trans people having their lives and living, thankfully, [although] we still have a long way to go in their safety and their inclusivity, but we now have a bunch of trans actors who would obviously be a lot more right for the role and have the opportunity to actually audition for the role,” she said of the role.

She also opened up about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new inclusion standards, going fully into effect in 2024, to include diverse talent.

“In order to create change and to really make people tell stories that represent the world in which we live in — which is a colorful world full of all different types of people — rules like that need to be set. There are so many stories in my 29 years of being in this business that have been told from a white straight male’s point-of-view, and it does a great disservice to people who are living in the world because they don’t get to see themselves represented on the screen in a way that makes them feel seen and heard.”

A fellow Oscar winner recently apologized for considering a trans role.

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