Trans Actor Scott Turner Schofield Opens Up About Transphobia in Hollywood
Scott Turner Schofield is opening up in a new interview with People about his journey as a trans man in Hollywood.
The Emmy-nominated actor is known for his work on Studio City as well as being the first trans man to ever earn a nomination.
“It’s taken me a long time to learn my self-worth. Today, I’m just a man living my truth,” he said.
His short film, Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps, is a “story of a queer, non-binary feminist who became someone everyone sees as a straight white man. I do have privilege today — until I disclose that I am trans.”
Scott maps out three major events in 2015 that helped bring about trans visibility in Hollywood.
First, Laverne Cox broke through on Orange Is the New Black, second, Caitlyn Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair, and third, the trajectory of his own success.
“And even I was a part of it, the first openly trans man actor in daytime television with The Bold and the Beautiful,” he added. “The Bold and the Beautiful plays to tens of millions of viewers globally every day.”
Currently, the actor is on Studio City and consulting on Euphoria, advising the series on trans issues.
“Unfortunately, as trans women become more visible, trans men are still invisible in Hollywood,” he says. “We still feel marginalized. Even talking about our own story hasn’t happened yet.”
“Laverne [Cox] uses her platform as a visibly trans person. She is a wonderful activist, a brilliant advocate. She stepped up, and I appreciate the allyship on that level. But we are hoping for the time when trans men can speak for ourselves.”
Read more at People.