It was announced at Comic Con San Diego that Nicole Maines, an actress and trans activist, was cast to play the character Nia Nal, also known as Dreamer, in the fourth season of The CW’s Supergirl.
On the panel, she comments: “I’ve been doing a lot of testing lately because a lot of programs are eager to tell the story of transgender people. It seems fitting that we have a trans superhero for trans children. I wish there was a trans heroine when I it was small”.
Maines is known for her work as an activist, including an in-process victory against her school in 2014 after being denied the use of the women’s bathroom.
In an interview with Variety, she comments: “We’ve had acting on television for a while, but it hasn’t been the right kind of acting. I think we’re at a time when, more than ever, acting in the media is important. what we see on television has a very dramatic effect on our society ”.
She also talks about Scarlett Johannson’s recent casting as a trans character: “I think cis actors don’t take roles out of malice, it’s just a failure to understand the context of having cis people playing trans characters.”
She continues: “We don’t have the same problem with sexuality, we see heterosexual people always playing gays. But with trans people, we have a lot of people accusing us of just playing dress up for whatever reason and that’s just not true. Having people trans interpreting trans roles shows that we are valid in our identities and that we exist “.
The fourth season of Supergirl returns to The CW in October and will feature Dreamer for the first time. Until then, read more about Supergirl on our website and discover everything the new season of the series has in store for fans.