“Spider-Man: Far From Home” actor Zach Barack discussed his experience being the first openly transgender actor in a Marvel film on the red carpet at the film’s Tuesday premiere.

“There’s something very inherently trans about those stories, especially ones where identity and hidden identity is part of them,” Barack told Variety. “For example, Peter Parker’s journey (in “Spider-Man: Far From Home”) is a lot about balancing being a teenager and having this other part of your life. And that is just so trans, it’s something that I absolutely think I’ve felt on a daily basis.”

Barack continued, “I don’t think anybody had any doubt that Zendaya was a very supportive person who understands the nuances of identity politics and was always going to be an ally, but at the same time, her being a supportive person is still really, really meaningful because there are so many people that look up to her.”

Read the full interview with Barack here.

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