Wachowski comes out as transgendered

2012-09-11 09:01
Toronto - Cloud Atlas co-director Lana Wachowski this week publicly embraced her gender switch from Larry for the first time - with bright pink dreads.

Her sex change was long rumoured, but never confirmed as Wachowski had previously avoided interviews and publicity tours by insisting on no-press clauses in her film contracts.

Suddenly last month a promotional video showing her in pink dreads went viral and in a New Yorker magazine interview she described how in school Larry didn't know whether to stand in lines with boys or girls, and opted for the middle ground, "exactly where I belonged, betwixt".

'I chose to change my exteriority'

The New Yorker article revealed that Larry separated from his wife while shooting the last two installments of The Matrix trilogy after suffering from anxiety and depression over a long period.

In 2009, Larry divorced, began living as transgendered Lana, and eventually married another woman.

"I chose to change my exteriority to bring it closer into alignment with my interiority," with the support of her family, she told The New Yorker.

"I know many people are dying to know if I have a surgically constructed vagina or not, but I prefer to keep this information between my wife and me."

At a press conference on Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of Cloud Atlas, a globe-spanning, time-tripping, gender-hopping epic film based on David Mitchell's landmark novel, she explained why she is now breaking her silence.

'We like people to act normal around us'

"I did feel some responsibility to the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) people, and some people had been asking me to be more public," she said.

"But me and (younger brother and co-director) Andy, we love our privacy, our anonymity. Being a celebrity doesn't do much to improve yourself. We think it can actually worsen your life. So it was a big decision and it took a long time."

"We like the way our anonymity allows us to inhabit the world. You can go into a comic book shop or a movie store and you can just listen to people. We're writers, we like people to act normal around us.

"I knew that one day I would be more public and we had to negotiate when that would be. And this movie, which is about transcending our fear of 'other' in so many ways, and transcending the boundaries of 'other' - it seemed quite natural to do it now."

Comments

  • preshen.govender.90 - 2012-09-11 11:27

    She took the pink pill from matrix morpheus

  • hamish.drake1 - 2012-09-11 13:54

    Exteriority,interiority? Seems like she/he is still on the wrong side of the phone line

  • hayley.l.johnson1 - 2012-09-11 14:45

    I dont understand? why change from a man, become a woman, then marry another woman? is he a gay lesbian?? I am just not following. shouldnt he have become a woman then marry another man?

      lauren.hess.1272 - 2012-09-11 15:16

      Who are we to say what other people "should" do. If she identifies as a woman and wants to be with a woman, then good for her.

      tahrah - 2012-09-12 02:40

      hi haley (with respect) as odd as it may seem to you, gender & sexuality are not the same. the gender you feel inside and wish to express to the world is you " gender identity." the type of person you want to be sexual with is your " sexuality."there are plenty of male to female transexuals who prefer men sexually, and there are equal amounts of transsexual women that prefer women as their partners.

      dakey.ras.73 - 2012-09-12 08:49

      Hayley is just trying to understand the mindset. I would also assume that if you feel like you should be a man, you would fancy woman. One of the most basic biological tenants is an attraction to the opposite sex. Hard to believe, but 50 million years of evolution is quite vigilant on removing from the gene pool individuals that have issues attracting the opposite sex or have issues having sex with the opposite sex... So yeah a bit confusing. Sometimes I like having a candle lit bubble bath. Other times I like having a braai. I'll need to discuss this one with my wife, very confusing.

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