Who Is Breakthrough Trans Star Daniela Vega?
The new sci-fi drama from Amazon Prime Video The power has just released and features an impressive female-led cast including trans powerhouse Daniela Vega.
The series is based on the novel of the same name by author Naomi Alderman, which became an international hit when it was released in 2016.
The TV adaptation dropped last week (March 31) and follows several main characters as they navigate a new world where teenage girls have developed the power to electrocute people at will.
The main characters include Toni Collette as Mayor Margot Cleary-Lopez, whose teenage daughter developed the power, Ria Zmitrowicz as Roxy Monke, the daughter of a British gangster who uses the power to avenge her murdered mother, and Halle Bush as Allie , a teenage girl fleeing her abusive foster family and flees to a convent on the other side of the United States.
Chilean actress Daniela Vega will play Sister Maria and play a central role in the development of Allie’s character throughout the series.
Who is Daniela Vega?
Daniela Vega may not be a household name yet, but she’s already had quite an illustrious career to this day.
The 33-year-old actress is best known for her starring role in the 2018 drama film A fantastic womanwhich won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film as a breakthrough for Transkino in 2018.
Considering her outstanding performance in the film, many critics expected Vega to receive a Best Actress nomination, although unfortunately that didn’t materialize.
The film follows Vega as Marina, a trans woman and waitress who is simultaneously grappling with the death of her partner Orlando and her family’s relentless transphobia.
Critics praised Vegas’ “layered and emotionally polymorphic” performance, and the role catapulted her to a new level of recognition.
Also in 2018, at the age of just 28, Vega presented herself as the first openly transgender woman at the Oscars.
Since her Oscar success, Vega has starred in Netflix dramas stories of the cityalongside Elliot Page, Bob The Drag Queen and Murray Bartlett.
She has also acted in several Spanish language series and films including 2020 The package and 2022 thriller la rebellion.
Vegas roll in The power is her first English language role in several years.
In addition to her acting career, Vega is also a trained opera singer and was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2018.
What role does Daniela Vegas play? The power?
Daniela Vega stars in new drama The power as Sister Maria, one of the nuns at the convent where the main character Allie remains after escaping her abusive foster parents. Sister Maria is Allie’s closest ally in the convent, and Allie confides in Sister Maria that she is speaking to God.
Sister Maria also inspires Allie to embrace female power figures in religion by teaching her the influence Mother Mary had on Jesus.
While Sister Maria isn’t trans in the novel, she is in the TV show — and it’s a development author Naomi Alderman is “excited” about.
“I started working on this book in 2011. It was a long journey. And conversations about diversity, about intersectionality, conversations about feminism, I think have evolved a lot,” Alderman told The Evening Standard.
Discussing the addition of a trans character to the TV series, Alderman added, “This feels like something readers have certainly been asking me about. And I was like, ‘Oh no, I just didn’t think of that.'”
What has Daniela Vega said about her role in The power?
Not much, to be honest. However, Vega has previously spoken out about her trans identity and future career goals as an actress.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Vega explained why her role in the critically acclaimed series A fantastic woman important.
“The fact that I’m trans brings a higher level of truth to the script and story. But more importantly, it opens a door into the film world that had never been explored before because I’m a trans actress playing a trans woman,” she said.
She has also spoken openly about her experiences of violence as a trans woman, telling W Magazine, “In the past, when I was in school, I experienced violence. And also as an adult, after the changeover and when looking for a job, I also experienced violence. Art saved my life.”
Though her career is still in its infancy, she also has a clear vision of where she wants to go next, suggesting she wants to take on more characters who are cisgender women.
“I would like to play a mother or a pregnant woman. My work area can expand because I like a challenge. I think I could play male roles. I don’t limit myself,” she told W Magazine.
She added that her dream would be to work with Pedro Almodóvar, who is currently directing a Brokeback Mountain Rival starring Pedro Pascal and Ethan Hawke.
The power is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
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