Johansson stepped down from the role after outcry over the casting. As a trans actress playing a trans character, Maines had some thoughts on the controversy surrounding Scarlett Johansson's casting as the lead in "Rug & Tug," a film about trans man Dante Tex Gill, a massage parlor owner.
"I think it's just failure to realize the context behind having cisgender people play transgender characters because we don't see the same issue with sexuality." "Cisgender actors don't take trans roles out of malice," Maines began.
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"We have straight people playing gay people all the time and that's because there isn't a larger conversation around — there's not so much harmful rhetoric flying around that they are parading around, dressing up, pretending," she said.
And so having trans people play trans roles shows that we are valid in our identity and we deserve to exist as we do. "And so you have to think about context with that. And so when we have cisgender actors play trans characters, it further that stereotype that we are playing dress up, which is not true." And with trans folks, we have a lot of people accusing us of just playing dress up for whatever reason, and that's not true.
Nicole Maines is on her way to breaking barriers after being cast as the first on-screen transgender superhero for The CW's "Supergirl."
Maines explained that part of the problem with casting cis actors in trans roles is that it could lend credence to "harmful rhetoric" about trans people.
Nia is described as a “soulful” transgender woman with a “fierce drive to protect others.” This season she will follow in Kara’s season 1 footsteps in coming into her own and fulfilling her destiny as a superhero. Maines is set to play Nia Nal, aka Dreamer.