Judge: Mr Byron, are you represented? Carol: No your worship Judge: I asked you a question Carol: No your worship Judge: You are charged with committing an indecent act in public, how do you plead? Carol: Not guilty your worship Judge: I beg your pardon? Carol: Not guilty your worship
Q&A with Jessica Marais on playing the legendary Carlotta
We chat with actress Jessica Marais about playing the iconic performer and transgender pioneer Carlotta in the recent ABC telemovie of the same name.
How did you approach playing the role of Carlotta?
I approached it the same way as I would any character – from a place of truth first and foremost, whilst being highly aware of maintaining the dignity of the character and the voice that it represented.
“It’s a love story and an outsider tale about an exceptional woman’s desire to be ordinary, hers is an extraordinary life, lived in changing times.”
"…my main motivation is to show anyone who may be struggling with their gender, or struggling to gain acceptance from their family and society at large – that you can do it. Stand tall, know who you are and be proud of yourself, as acceptance comes from within.”