Hari Nef Is Saving Her Take on Trans Representation for Later


Model and Transparent actress, Hari Nef, talks playing a badass heroine in her new film and trans representation in Vanity Fair‘s August issue.

Although no one has ever tried to kill Nef, she and her Assassination Nation character, Bex, a girl who “knows who she is [and] what she wants,” have been through a lot of the same struggles.

While Bex’s reality is a digital age version of the Salem witch trials, she and Nef ‘s female experiences exist in the world of #girlbosses, body enhancements, and HD images.


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According to Nef, the Sundance Film Festival hit, which also stars familiar faces Suki Waterhouse, Bella Thorne, and Maude Apatow, is “a feminist survival film about being a young girl in the social-media Trump era, and how not to die while you’re doing that.”

“I was so drawn to Bex because I just related to her on the basic level of . . . I know what it’s like when you’re living in a relatively hostile climate and you’re just a young girl who is a) looking for love, and b) trying not to die.”

When asked about her take on representation in the film industry, the actress explained that she’s going to show the world through her art, rather than with words.

“To be perfectly frank with you, there is a story that I have yet to tell about trans representation, my point of view about this, but it’s not something I wish to discuss here,” Nef said. “You’ll be hearing from me. It’s just not going to be in an interview.”

Assassination Nation is set to hit theaters September 21, 2018.