Asia Kate Dillon

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Asia Kate Dillon (born November 15, 1984 in Ithaca, New York) is an American actor known for playing Brandy Epps in Orange Is the New Black (2013) and Taylor Mason in Billions (2016). Dillon is nonbinary (genderfluid) and currently uses singular they pronouns, after a period of using no pronouns.[1] Their role on Billions is the first nonbinary character shown on American television.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"I remember in middle school they were going to do “Oliver!” I was so excited to audition to play Oliver and then realized I couldn't, because I hadn't been assigned male at birth. I remember feeling crushed. But then I went to an alternative high school where you played whatever part they thought you were the best for. In “As You Like It,” I played the 90-year-old man. I remember always being drawn to the roles that had been written for men. They had more lines."[2]

"I'm really interested in going back in to the history of nonbinary people, and seeing how many people in history were nonbinary, but that didn't know it themselves, or because we didn't have the language, couldn't talk about it. I know how that felt being a young person not having that language."[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Masters, Jeffrey (13 April 2017). "Asia Kate Dillon Talks Discovering The Word Non-Binary: 'I Cried'". HuffPost. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  2. Soloski, By Alexis (26 May 2019). "Asia Kate Dillon: 'This Is Who I Am'". New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2020.