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10 Actors That Have Portrayed Different Genders

Back in Shakespeare’s time, actors playing the opposite gender was simply par for the course – as women weren’t allowed on the stage, younger boys would take on all the female parts in productions. Ho

Back in Shakespeare’s time, actors playing the opposite gender was simply par for the course – as women weren’t allowed on the stage, younger boys would take on all the female parts in productions. However, as the years went on, women were allowed onto the stage, and actors began to play solely male roles, allowing the new group of actresses to take on female characters. However, though the majority of roles an actor or actress takes align with their gender, more and more actors and actresses are taking on complex characters, often of the opposite gender. Just take a look at rising British star Eddie Redmayne, whose portrayal of Lili Elbe, one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery, in The Danish Girl is highly anticipated.

The reasons that actors and actresses make the decision to portray the opposite gender in a film vary. For some, the purpose is comedy, as actors or actresses play an over the top character of a different gender. For others, it’s an integral part of their character’s story. Either way, whether they’re tickling the audience’s funny bones or stunning them with a nuanced and masterful performance, these 10 actors and actresses aren’t afraid to take on roles of all genders.

10 John Travolta

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9 Tyler Perry

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8 Cate Blanchett

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7 Cillian Murphy

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6 John Cameron Mitchell

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5 Adam Sandler

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4 Hilary Swank

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3 Felicity Huffman

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2 Gwyneth Paltrow

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1 Glenn Close

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Glenn Close is an incredibly diverse actress with extensive experience on both the stage and screen, but her performance in 2011 film Albert Nobbs took her versatility and skill as an actress to a whole new level. In Albert Nobbs, Close plays a woman who disguised herself as a man for an astounding 30 years, all to save up money in order to open up her own shop. While the film’s talented make-up team and wardrobe department helped with Close’s physical transformation, her performance is truly powerful in its nuance and complexity. If anyone ever doubted Close’s ability as an actress, this film should remove any doubt.

 

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