Today we have something cool – an interview with a transgender actress in an upcoming fantasy film called “Prophecy”:
In 2011 the world was introduced to transgender activist Rajee Narinesingh, a trans woman who in 2005 wanted to alter her appearance from male-to-female as part of her gender transition.
She sought out Oneal Ron “Duchess” Morris, an unbeknowst-to-her, fake doctor for cosmetic fillers. The fillers, of which Rajee received sixty, were not medical grade silicone, as she thought; however they were a concoction of: tire sealant, mineral oil, and glue, which after eight months left Rajee’s face, breasts, hips, and buttocks disfigured, her face in which was left mishapen for almost ten years, until she received help from reconstructive surgeons, Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif after her third appearance on the E! hit reality show, “Botched”.
After a fourth appearance on the show in 2018 for some maintenance, Narinesingh saying in a video with Barcroft TV (of her third appearance on Botched and successful face surgery), “I hope the casting directors will be more receptive to me”, she finally landed her first film role in the upcoming drama/fantasy short film, “Prophecy”.
The film which is planned for a 2019 festival release, will be Rajee’s first movie role since 2010’s short film, “Bella Maddo”, where an all-trans cast played non-trans roles. In Prophecy, lead character Rae struggles with an addiction to drugs while seeing visions of her ancestor spirit guide on a
cosmic day out. Rajee will be playing the role of a fortune teller, who is trying to entice the two main characters into her shop for a reading.
A small role, it’s important for visibility for trans actors, as this is a cisgender role. Most trans actresses are often left to play prostitute characters, as is such with Rajee, who’s first film role was as a transsexual prostitute in the lost film, “South Beach High”. Hopefully Rajee’s role as the fortune teller will open doors for other trans actresses in the future.
Narinesingh will also be starring in a feature-length documentary by filmmaker Rafaela Galindo. The film is tentatively titled, “Beyond Judgement” and will be about exposing society’s judgement on the
transgender community. Rafaela will be directing and producing the project with Andrew Lau as director of photography and Petros Neguse as the behind-the-scenes photographer. Like Prophecy, the documentary
is in post-production and should be released in 2019.
Tell me a little about Prophecy – what’s it about?
Prophecy is a drama/fantasy short film about a young girl named Rae who is battling a drug addiction in the early stages of her life. While on a microcosmic day out she sees visions of an ancestor acting as her spirit guide; trying to push her in the right direction.
How did you get involved in the project?
I got involved in the project through my agent who handles my auditions. I thought that playing the role of the fortune teller would be fun to play.
I love that we are finally seeing more trans, fluid and enby folks getting roles in films and TV, and that they are no longer confined to playing “the transgender character.” Was your gender identity or expression ever an issue for you in trying to secure a role?
It’s definitely getting better for trans and enby actors but we still have a ways to go. Thankfully for this role me being trans was not an issue, as part of Black Rabbit Films’ (production company behind Prophecy) mission statement is to be inclusive of all genders.
Is this your first acting project, and if not, what have you done before?
No, I actually played the principal role of “Aunt Norma” in Bella Maddo:
What’s the message behind Prophecy?
I feel one of the main messages is to have hope for the future. For what tomorrow may bring.
What will we see you in next?
I currently am in talks for a role in another movie project called “Kids With Guns”, a post-apocalyptic horror/comedy and I’m filming for a German TV show in February. I’m also scheduled to be in the 2019 Miami Pride Festival. This March 31st I’ll be involved with the National Trans Visibility March for Arianna’s Center in Washington, D.C.