Trace Lysette Makes History as First Trans Actress to Lead a Competition Film at Venice Film Festival


Trace Lysette arrives at the premiere of her new film Monica at the 2022 Venice Film Festival on Saturday (September 3) in Venice, Italy.

The 34-year-old actress stepped out in a feathered orange gown and was seen posing alongside her co-star Patricia Clarkson as well as director Andrea Pallaoro. The trio were also spotted at the film’s photo call earlier that day.

In Monica, Trace plays a trans woman who is estranged from her family and returns home to care for her ailing mother, whom she hasn’t seen since her transition. It is the first film featured at the Venice Film Festival to feature a trans actress in the leading role.

Speaking with THR about the movie, Trace said: “Besides Hustlers, there really wasn’t much movement for me personally, in my career. As a transgender actor, I don’t have the luxury of rummaging through a handful of scripts every week, saying, ‘Oh, I’d like to play this one or try to read for this one.’”

She added, “Here was a transsexual protagonist, the movie was centered around her, seen from her lens and that’s rare. It’s also rare that it’s done well. And I think they [Pallaoro and co-screenwriter Orlando Tirado] wrote a really good script, centered on family, and survival, without being too in-your-face.”

FYI: For her photo call look, Trace is wearing Sarah Flint heels.

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