You play a transgender hit person in Hit & Miss. On paper that sounds pretty weird. Did it feel like a stretch to you?
I was afraid I wouldn't be convincing and the [transgender] community might be upset about it because it's a sensitive thing. That was the scariest part for me. Not the outcome or the controversy or what people are going to write about it, because I knew the tone they were going to set. It's so based in reality and the truth of the emotions and relationships that it's not quite as nuts as the synopsis sounds.
How important is it that we see your character, Mia, naked so early in the show?
Photo: Open to different kinds of roles ... Chloe Sevigny
I think it's good to just get it out of the way. And the way they shot it, it's not gratuitous - it's just kind of there, it's very natural. It's just me getting dressed or taking a shower.
Did you find it strange wearing a prosthetic penis?
Yes, it was very uncomfortable and I think I had a similar relationship to it as Mia would have with hers. She felt like a freak.
What attracted you to the role?
First and foremost was the script. I wanted to work in England, I wanted to work with this director. I didn't have anything else and I wanted to do something very different from the character I played on Big Love for so many years just to kind of shake that part. I loved doing long-form television and the fact it was a six-hour mini-series, I knew how much you get to explore with the character over time.
Why do you think they went for an American star in what is really quite a small British drama.
I don't think of myself as a star, first of all. I don't. But I think it makes sense that I'd do it. As far as my film career goes, this seems like a natural progression or a natural fit. I think they also wanted something of a name, which is fine by me. If they pay me, I'll take it.
Was it hard to settle in on set?
The hardest part about being on set was being the only American. I feel like there's a real cultural divide and I just felt really alone and isolated. Playing that character had a lot to do with it, but I just felt kind of misunderstood. I think they thought of me - a lot of the crew - as Hollywood or whatever because I drank green tea, you know. So that was a bit isolating.
Ellen DeGeneres, an American entertainer and prominent gay rights advocate, received the highest U.S. award for achievement in comedy on Monday.
Receiving the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, the national showcase for arts, DeGeneres was praised as a pioneering female comic whose edgy variety show has helped define the format for daytime television in recent years.
But several guests also highlighted the comedian's groundbreaking decision 15 years ago to go public with her sexual identity in a career-rattling move the comedian said was a necessary step for personal dignity.
"I did it for me and it happened to help a lot of other people and cause a big ruckus," DeGeneres, 54, told reporters before the tribute, summarizing her decision in 1997 to come out publicly as gay in tandem with her on-screen character in a move that sparked controversy and prompted some advertisers to flee.
The Twain prize, named after the 19th century satirist, is the nation's highest honor for achievements in comedy.
A native of New Orleans, DeGeneres spent her twenties as an itinerant comedian on the Los Angeles nightclub circuit until prominent spots on late night television led to her own prime time sitcom.
The original show, Ellen, featured DeGeneres in the lead role as a bookshop owner in an idiosyncratic neighborhood. While the show got a boost after the star came out of the closet, it was over a few years later.
She later returned to the standup stage, and hosted the 2001 Emmy awards, which was postponed twice after the Sept. 11 attacks - a somewhat subdued celebration that allowed her to try to lighten the national mood.
Several guests said that DeGeneres brought a compassion to her comedy that is rare in the field.
"The rest of us comics come from really messed-up, dark childhoods. She might have come from that, I don't know. But it's not what she puts forth," said John Leguizamo, who joined the tributes. "She just puts out this beautiful goodwill."
In the last 10 seasons on television, DeGeneres has left her mark with a daytime variety show which she often uses as a way to promote a commitment to gay equality.
"For a lot of people, Ellen is their only homosexual friend," said late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel.
DeGeneres is the forth woman to receive the award since its inception in 1998.
Comedian and actor Will Ferrell won last year. Past award winners have included Bob Newhart, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor and Bill Cosby.
Monday night's ceremony will be broadcast on PBS on Oct. 30.
Source: Reporting By Patrick Rucker; Editing by Mohammad Zargham Ruters
Semi-improvised sitcom set in a fictitious university. Created by the team behind Green Wing and Smack The Pony
Campus is set in a fictitious 'new' university and explores the lives and souls of a handful of people that work there - some as academics, some simply involved in the general running of the place.
With a semi-improvised feel, Campus features an ensemble cast, and is made by the team behind Green Wing and Smack The Pony, including producer Victoria Pile.
At the helm of Kirke University is stubby, mercurial Vice Chancellor Jonty de Wolfe, who wants nothing more than to drench the uni in the juices of his own greatness.
As a scary cloud of financial doom hovers over the gently crumbling 60s concrete, Jonty attempts to pimp up Kirke in any way he can, whether it's faked alumni, kidnapped prodigies or a range of "Eau de Kirke" perfumery - but his lofty plans soar as gracefully as a porky tortoise and while the strangely unsettling puppet master plunges deeper into the pickle jar, the rest of Kirke's assorted staff get sidetracked by the more urgent dilemma of who to sleep with next.
The philandering English Professor Matt Beer is forced to up his game in all departments, as he makes no impression on shy Maths lecturer Imogen Moffat, who herself is consumed with creative agony over expectations of a follow-up to her hit Mathsbuster. He is left to contemplate his rapidly greying pubes while his younger, bouncier, athletic student sidekick Flatpack - who combines a six-pack body with the intellect of a piece of Ikea furniture - makes more headway with the lovely maths boffin. The gawky mechanical engineer Lydia 'big s**t' Tennant, the three Graces of Admin (Big Grace, Pretty Grace and 'Was Once A Man' Grace), Jason the reticent accountant and Nicole the feisty accommodations officer add more sexual confusion to the mix.
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The inaugural GaymerCon in San Francisco will be a fun, safe space for LGBTI gamers.
You can hear a lot of abusive language playing video games online, but one of the most common forms of insult is attacking another player's sexuality. With terms like "gay" and "faggot" being thrown around so enthusiastically, it's no surprise that people who actually identify with such terms feel alienated and unwelcome.
A group of San Francisco-based gamers decided to do something about it and enact some positive change. The team, made up both of members of the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex) community and their straight allies, started a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to stage an event for LGBTI gamers and their friends and supporters.
GaymerCon was born, an event where gamers of all sexual orientations and gender identities could celebrate video game culture in a safe space, free from bigotry.
The Kickstarter campaign is, at time of writing, a little over two days away from completion, but it has already been an overwhelming success. Organisers set a funding goal of $25,000 to stage the convention, and the current total stands at nearly triple that figure. It even looks like $100,000 might be achievable.
Whether that milestone is reached or not, GaymerCon is officially funded, and the inaugural event will be held in San Francisco on the weekend of 3-4 August 2013.
TV star Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) has told how he ventured out to prepare for his new role as a trans* person.
The actor, 53, will appear on UK TV screen wearing a blond wig and make-up in the legal drama Accused, penned by Jimmy McGovern.
Asked how he prepared for the role, the former Game of Thrones star told the Radio Times magazine: "By walking round in high heels in the kitchen at home ... and one night I went out ... arm-in-arm with my middle daughter."
The star said of going out incognito, in full gear: "I wanted to find out what it felt like, whether I'd be able to pull it off and have the bottle to function in that situation.
"I must have been pretty good, no pictures turned up in the press. Someone even complimented me on my shoes. I've still got four pairs of size-10 heels lying about my house. I forgot to give them back."
The star said that the role of schoolteacher Simon and his alter-ego Tracie was "the most demanding" he has ever played, "partly because of the full body wax"
LA based Hip Hop artist Frank Ocean has stunned the music industry with a very public announcement regarding a same sex relationship he had when he was 19-years-old. Coinciding with the release of this new album Channel ORANGE (caps intentional, apparently), Ocean released a Tumblr post featuring a letter he wrote at the end of last year that, while not once mentioning the words “gay” or “bisexual”, clearly alludes to the fact that his first love was with another man. Shortly after he gave an interview to the UK newspaper The Guardian where he spoke frankly about no longer living with a ‘freakin' boulder on my chest’. Ocean also said, ‘…I wished at 13 or 14 there was somebody I looked up to who would have said something like that, who would have been transparent in that way’. Some of the big names of the genre, including 50 Cent, Jay-Z and Beyonce, have publicly supported his decision to out himself. And another rap artist Murs, whose new single ‘Animal Style’ deals with a closeted relationship between two male high school seniors, has made a video in which he wears a “Legalize Gay” t-shirt and kisses another guy. Is this the start of a revolution in the otherwise homophobic Hip Hop community?