Transgender star making history.
Mass Appeal Wire Reports
SANTA MONICA — A couple years ago, Mya Taylor couldn’t land a job in Hollywood. Now she’s one of the hottest names in the film and entertainment industry. On Saturday, at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Mya became the first transgender actress in American history to win a major film award — taking home the trophy for best supporting actress for her outstanding role as a sex worker in the iPhone-shot dramedy Tangerine. “What it means to have this trophy in my hand? When I look at acting, I don’t look at the money or the fame or anything like that,” Taylor told reporters inside the press room.
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“I went through a very, very hard struggle and for me, I just feel like when I do stuff like this, I have to let other people know. You can do whatever you put your mind to. The struggle was real for me, and I got out of it.”
So, how did you do it? “It was very depressing and everything, but I pushed and pushed and pushed,” Mya said. “Then when this opportunity came, it was an opportunity given from God and I took it. I guess it made up for all the struggles that I went through. So keep pushing.”
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