Cloud Atlas Director Talks Gender

Lana Wachowski breaks her silence

Lana Wachowski stunned many fans several years ago when she made her gender transition. As one-half of the successful Hollywood team that created The Matrix trilogy and mostly recently Cloud Atlas, Wachowski has only recently told her own story, about struggling with her gender since she was a child and contemplating suicide as a teen. Now at a very charming 47, she took to the stage at a recent HRC event in San Francisco on Saturday to accept the Visibility Award with grace and no shortage of humor.

“Everyone one of us, every person here, every human life represents a negotiation between public and private identity, ” she said. “For me, that negotiation took a more literal form.”

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