'Supergirl': TV's first transgender superhero Nicole Maines wants to defeat the stereotypes of trans characters
The newest hero in 'Supergirl', Nicole Maines who plays the role of Dreamer on the show, wants to break all the stereotypes of trans characters on TV.
The 21-year-old star in an interview with People revealed that her focus right now is to do everything to meet and exceed people's expectations and fight more than just bad guys on the show. "What I'm really excited about is to see the evolution of trans characters and see more diverse stories being told, so that every time we’re on screen we’re not really playing the part of educator and having to explain the experience to the audience, because it will have already been normalized,” Maines said.
"Then a trans character is free to portray whatever kind of arc fits their character," the actor said.
Her very own journey began when she, at a very young age, started to notice the difference between her identical twin brother, Jonas and herself.
"Growing up with him, I could see him identifying with all of our boy toys and everything and he would be really comfortable in his skin and in his gender," Maines recalled.
"And at the same time, I wasn’t. I thought it was the most natural thing in the world, so I went up to my parents at three-four years old and I asked them when I would get to be a girl because I just expected that I would be."
Maines then began her transition with the help of her parents. "I had been on puberty suppressants and hormone suppressants, so I did not go through male puberty," she says. "And watching Jonas get his voice deeper, his features became more masculine and defined, that was really surreal. It was like I dodged a bullet."
Apart from this, in an interview with New York Times earlier this month, Maines highlighted the importance of a transgender person playing a trans character, saying that it will make trans kids feel "they are valid in their identities."
She said, "When we have a trans woman playing a trans woman, then you see, 'Oh wait, this is what trans really is. This is what it looks like: a person.' That sends a message to trans kids that they are valid in their identities. That they are allowed to exist. It also sends a message to cisgender people, to parents, that trans people are not dangerous or sexually deviant or any of these myths that have kind of been construed by conservative outlets. It’s just an identity that people live."