10+ Hollywood Stars Who Don’t See Gender When Taking On New Roles

11 months ago

Since the Elizabethan era, actors have long challenged themselves by taking on roles of different genders. From breaking down gender stereotypes to entertaining audiences with their imaginative performances, these actors have proven their versatility and talent. Despite the challenges of convincingly portraying characters of the opposite gender, some have succeeded in doing so, earning recognition and prestigious awards. Here is a list of a few exceptional actors who have skillfully portrayed characters at both ends of the gender spectrum.

1. Michael J. Fox in Back to the Future Part II

2. Amanda Bynes in She’s the Man

Mary Evans / Allstar / Graham Whitby Boot. / East News, © She's the Man / Dreamworks Pictures and co-producers

3. Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare In Love

4. Martin Lawrence in Big Momma’s House

Serge Arnal / Starface / STARFACE PHOTO / East News, © Big Momma's House / Twentieth Century Fox and co-producers

5. Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs

6. Hugo Weaving in Cloud Atlas

7. Cillian Murphy in Breakfast On Pluto

8. Meryl Streep in Angels in America

Kristin Callahan / Everett Collection / East News, © Angels in America / Avenue Pictures and co-producers

9. John Lithgow in The World According to Garp

10. John Travolta in Hairspray

Vandeville Eric / ABACA / Abaca / East News, © Hairspray / New Line Cinema and co-producers

11. Tilda Swinton in Suspiria

Marechal Aurore / ABACA / Abaca / East News, © Suspiria / Frenesy Film Company and co-producers
Mary Evans / AF Archive / Graham Whitby Boot. / East News, © To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! / Universal Pictures and co-producers

Bonus: Taylor Swift in The Man music video


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