Leyna Bloom, star of “Port Authority,” made history at this year’s Cannes Film Festival by becoming the first trans actress of color to lead a film that played the fest. She spoke about the accomplishment, which she “shared with trans women all around the world,” at Kering’s Women in Motion panel on Monday.
“Port Authority,” directed by Danielle Lessovitz, is set in the kiki ballroom scene in New York, in which various “houses” perform in drag dance competitions. Bloom started out in the ballroom scene when she was a teenager in Chicago, moving to New York at 17.
“When you arrive at Port Authority, you have this hope in mind that someone will see you,” she said, describing her first days in New York.
But Bloom says that no agency would sign her. “Your skin is too dark, your body’s not shaped the right way,” were some of the responses she said she got. “I knew what I had to fight for.”
Though acceptance of trans people is “happening at a very slow pace,” Bloom says, things are changing, “not just in Hollywood, but around the world.”
“Now women like me have a seat at the table,” she says.
Cannes’ breakout film and winner of the critics awards “The Lighthouse” isn’t a traditional horror movie, “It’s a little like Hitchcock,” co-star Dafoe explained to Variety’s Marc Malkin. “It’s a little like Bergman, it’s a little like Tarkovsky. But it’s also got a certain amount of humor.” The black and white film by director Robert [...]
Chloe Sevigny sat down with Variety‘s Marc Malkin to discuss her latest film, “The Dead Don’t Die,” which opened the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, for The Big Ticket podcast. She dished on working with co-stars Bill Murray and Adam Driver, revealing that Murray once took she and Driver on a joyride to a nearby fruit [...]
China’s Zhou Dongyu may have taken a recent turn as a producer, but the 27-year-old actress plans to focus on honing her craft in front of the camera rather than branching out too much into other roles behind it. She also believes that female roles are increasing in quantity and quality in China, and is [...]
Jennifer Aniston, who was honored on Friday at Variety‘s Power of Women luncheon presented by Lifetime, said she began to see herself in a different light and find her voice when she began working on “Friends.” “I started meeting all of these people who expressed to me how much the show meant to them — how […]
Cult movie legend and horror staple, John Carpenter reflects on his legacy.
Brie Larson was honored at Variety‘s Power of Women luncheon presented by Lifetime on Friday, and talked about her upcoming film “Just Mercy” and the Equal Justice Initiative. Larson portrays Eva Ansley, who co-founded the Equal Justice Initiative, in “Just Mercy,” and revealed what she learned from Ansley while making the film. “Where can you gain […]