Everything seems to make Daniela Vega smile: her transition from male to female, her family’s unwavering support, and her rise from hairdresser to actress with the backing of Chilean director Sebastian Lelio, who won the Oscar for best foreign film. As Marina in the film “A Fantastic Woman” — her fifth movie role — Vega plays a transgender woman confronting discrimination and rejection by the family of her deceased partner. The role has thrust her into the international spotlight and made her a Hollywood darling. And at Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, she became the first transgender person ever to present a performance at the movie industry’s most important event.
March 6 / The Citizen