Andrea James

Variety AwardsWatch: Felicity Huffman in Transamerica

DECEMBER 11, 2005

To prep for the role, Huffman read the script with one question in mind — what was Bree’s internal journey?

“She wants to become who she really is,” says Huffman. “Then I thought, ‘How do I tackle this?’”

With just six weeks to prepare, Huffman readied herself for the role by watching docus and reading autobiographies about transsexuals. She dug through library archives, attended transgender conventions and surfed the Internet.

It was online that she learned of two women — Andrea James and Calpernia Addams (on whose life the award-winning Showtime movie “A Soldier’s Girl” was based) — who taught Huffman everything she needed to know about gender dysphoria.

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