Hari Nef fears 'one-dimensional' trans roles
Hari Nef is worried transgender people will become “one-dimensional” if not represented accurately.
The 23-year-old star is transgender herself and has made an impact in the fashion industry by walking for the likes of Gucci, Hood By Air and Adam Selman. Last summer (15) Hari was also given a big acting break in Amazon Studios show Transparent, in which Jeffrey Tambor plays a trans character called Maura.
Hari was thrilled to land the role, written especially for her by creator Jill Soloway, the sister of a friend, but admits she’s wary of the impression it gives.
“I am just scared that the representations of trans people, if we continue to think in this way, are going to become one-dimensional,” she told Public Radio International (PRI) during an interview. “You're not going to be able to portray a complicated trans person. It has to be a squeaky clean, just like you and me, 100 per cent sympathetic character. No gray area. Like, ‘Look at this amazing trans person, look at this heroic trans person, look at this brave trans person.’ I'm bored with that.”
Hari previously explained how her easy transition into acting was a relief after she found it difficult to get signed by a modelling agency. When she was snapped up by IMG Models in May 2015 it made her the first openly transgender model to be signed to the company, which also boasts big names like Gigi Hadid on its list.
"I walked in there and I was like, 'Yeah, well I would love this, but you know, you're IMG and I'm me. How would this ever work?'" she previously recalled to Fashionista. "But they said, 'No, you could do this, this, and this — so what if you can't get booked for catalogue work? We see a whole career for you. We're not just trying to make money tomorrow.'"