Spanish Dad Wins ‘Best Actress’ Award with Selena Gomez and Zoe Saldana

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For the first time in Cannes history, a male actor is a recipient of the festival’s best actress prize.

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Emilia Perez — which also took home the festival’s Jury Prize, or third place overall — will reportedly be distributed by Netflix, with a rollout expected either later this year or next year.

Karla Sofía Gascón underwent a sex-change operation in real life at the age of 46 after being married to a woman and fathering a child. Before transitioning, Gascón was named Carlos and worked as an actor in Spanish-language TV shows.

Following the movie’s Cannes premiere earlier this week, Gascón spoke about being transgender.

“We’re normal people who can have the careers they want,” said Gascon at a press conference earlier in the festival. “Being trans is unimportant. A trans person is someone going through a transition. Once they have transitioned, that’s it. They are what they are.”

“We’re first and foremost human beings, and there’s no point sticking labels on us.”

David Ng
David Ng
Senior reporter covering media, entertainment, and corporate America. Previously, David was with the Los Angeles Times for 12 years, providing comprehensive coverage of the entertainment industry, including investigative pieces on some of LA’s landmark cultural institutions.

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