“Hung” Hires Transgender Actress Jamie Clayton

Hung” has hired transgender woman actress Jamie Clayton for a storyline on its third season. This is a big deal! The big screen and the small screen are full of actors and actresses who are born one gender at birth (the term is “cisgendered”), but play a transgender character onscreen. While some of these portrayals are lovely — Hilary Swank in “Boys Don’t Cry,” for instance — that’s got to be frustrating for the trans actors and actresses out there. Clayton, a makeup artist, does not have much acting experience to her credit (she co-hosted a VH1 reality show called “TRANSform Me”), but on “Hung,” she will play Kyla, who has a relationship with Ray, played by Thomas Jane. Now, if the show’s creator Collette Burson could just stop herself from giving ill-informed quotes, like this one: “The idea of kissing a man was not a comfortable one for [Thomas Jane] … After his initial shyness, she became a woman for him.”

But Jamie Clayton is a woman, lady! Baby steps, I guess.


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