And then I was like, oh no — should it be talked about?" Theo spoke to trans icon Janet Mock, who also worked on the show, about their reservations that James' gender identity wasn't addressed. "But also," they continued, "trans people should be getting calls to audition for things like this anyway. He shared the frame with high-profile celebrities such as Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch, Lucy Boynton, and Bob Balaban in The Politician. Or am I not representing other trans people well? Keep reading for everything you need to know about Theo Germaine, who plays James on The Politician. He belongs to white descent and holds an American nationality. The casting director could already be on the fence about putting me on the audition list. I don’t think that someone like me or several of my cast mates would have been seen on television even five years ago. By using this site, you agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. There's a time and a place and stories that need to be told that are more specifically connected to that," Theo said. For someone who faces a certain number of challenges in the industry, because of my whiteness, there are a lot of challenges that I don’t face. What I thought was brilliant about The Politician was that even though James Sullivan is a specifically trans male part, the character’s gender is never addressed. Sat Sep 28, 2019 at 12:20am ET Sat Jul 04, 2020 at 12:20 am EDT By John Thomas Didymus. "And part of my initial anxiety over the character's trajectory not being about his gender identity was: Oh no, am I erasing myself? This is how it should be." Despite the 22 years old transferred himself into a boy, he is dating a male partner, William Rusan. “I’ve always been someone who likes expressing myself through how I look, whether that’s by playing dress-up or wearing makeup. Vogue may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. The work environments that I was in were very masculine and kind of intimidating, and I was trying to blend in. “It takes a lot of learning to not listen to somebody else in regards to what’s beautiful. So there are little victories happening, but on the whole, it’s like a very slow-moving freighter that is kind of motivated by money.”. While actor Theo Germaine identifies as non-binary, James' character on The Politician uses he/him pronouns, and his own gender identity never comes up on the show, not even in passing. He traveled to Los Angeles after being chosen in The Politician show, which was released in 2019. And in reality it's like, this is what should be happening. The latest fashion news, beauty coverage, celebrity style, fashion week updates, culture reviews, and videos on Vogue.com. I think when it's harder to get cast in things, you feel like you need to represent everybody.". Theo has a University of Illinois degree. The place where I started was by asking, ‘Why are these the rules? I tried to reject them for a bit when I was 12, 13. He was born as a girl and had a very hard childhood accepting. Acrylic on canvas. There are a couple of ways in which he needs to grow.”. As a matter of fact, Germaine and Rusan were friends since they met in Chicago. I think that maybe he’s a little bit stuck in some of his old ways. The best new culture, style, and beauty stories from Vogue, delivered to you daily. Professional Career. “In my experience, casting directors are more likely to say, ‘This trans person doesn’t look right’ or ‘I can’t imagine this person in this role.’ That’s a huge detriment. I like it as a costume, but it’s not me.’”. “I want to fight for more opportunities in the industry. Then at some point, when I was around 22, I just stopped. “I grew up in Central Illinois, in a very, very small town. Apart from this, he takes home $15000-$25000 via episode from the television series.

SOURCE: Zimbio. What are you hoping for in the industry and the world at large? Later on, he accepted the fact and changed his sexuality. A trans woman needs to play the supervillain and a trans man needs to be the romantic lead and a non-binary person needs to be a college professor.". There was basically no diversity there, and there were a lot of very rigid gender roles and a lot of Eurocentric standards of beauty at full force. Germaine is known for his work in The Politician. Because I grew up around these rigid gender roles, when I was 18, 19, my coming-out process was about over-correcting myself in order to fit into this other part of society.