‘Acting is acting:’ Priscilla Queen of the Desert star Tony Sheldon weighs into debate over cisgender actors playing trans roles

He’s the Australian actor who has frocked up thousands of times to play Bernadette in the stage production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.

And now Tony Sheldon has weighed in on the controversial debate over whether cisgender actors should be able to play trans characters.

Speaking to The Weekend Australia Magazine, the 63-year-old was asked what he would say to someone who argued only trans actors should be able to play roles like Bernadette, a recently bereaved transgender woman.

‘I can understand; it’s a movement about visibility and that should be encouraged.’

‘But I find it a bit short sighted – acting is acting and there might not be people capable of doing eight shows a week in a big new musical,’ he added.

‘Still, in years to come I’m sure Bernadette will more commonly be played by gender-specific people.’

As more trans characters are being written into blockbuster films, such as Dallas Buyers Club and The Danish Girl, trans actors are still underrepresented in Hollywood.

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