Andrea James

Actress excels in gender-bending performance


by Peter D. Kramer

December 7, 2005

To make her performance as authentic as possible, Huffman went to transgender conventions and read biographies of transgendered women. And Calpernia Addams and Andrea James, two transgendered women, were on the set with her.

“They went through the script page by page and sat me down and told me about their lives — when they found out, when they knew, what it was like to walk out the door as a woman, what’s it like to get ‘clocked’ [recognized as transgendered] or ‘read.’ “

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