'Billions' Will Make TV History With Gender Non-Conforming Star
Huffington Post - 2 months
Showtime’s “Billions” doesn’t premiere until Feb. 19, but producers say the show’s second season will feature “fresh, exciting energy,” courtesy of a new character that’s believed to be a first for mainstream television.
Asia Kate Dillon, whose credits include “Orange is the New Black” and “Master of None,” joins the “Billions” cast as Taylor, a new intern at Axe Capital, the hedge fund run by billionaire Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis). What makes the casting so groundbreaking is that both Dillion and Taylor self-identify as gender non-conforming.
Dillion, who uses the singular pronoun “they” for identification, told The Huffington Post that learning to “navigate the ethically murky world of finance” as the first gender non-binary character on a major TV series was a “delicious” opportunity.
“As someone who is non-binary gender identifying, I feel a particular responsibility to portray members of my community on stage and on screen, not only as fully fleshed-out chara
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