Har­vey Zielinski

VOGUE Australia - - CULTURE -

The first trans­gen­der fi­nal­ist of HLS, Zielinski started act­ing at eight. Since tran­si­tion­ing in 2015, he has paved a new path as a male ac­tor with roles in TV and theatre, en­joy­ing the free­dom of self, as well as so­ci­etal ac­cep­tance. “It means a lot to be wel­comed in such a pro­found way. As some­one from a di­verse back­ground who some­times ques­tions whether or not there’s space for me in this in­dus­try, to have some­one ex­tend their hand and say there is, and that I’m one of 10 Heath Ledger Schol­ar­ship fi­nal­ists, is very im­por­tant to me.

“Be­fore [tran­si­tion­ing], I pulled into the shad­ows, and when I tran­si­tioned it was like the roles fit­ted me bet­ter; I can go deeper, I can be more ex­pres­sive. A per­former has to be in har­mony with their body and I was re­ally dis­con­nected, but now I con­sider my­self quite a phys­i­cal per­former, es­pe­cially do­ing theatre … it was like an un­leash­ing, it was hugely pos­i­tive for my craft.”

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