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Indya Moore
Indya Moore.png
Moore in 2019
Born1994/1995 (age 24–25)
Occupation
  • Actor
  • model

Indya Adrianna Moore (born 1994/95)[1] is an American actor and model. Moore is known for playing the role of Angel Evangelista in the FX television series Pose.[2] Time magazine named the actor one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019.[3] Moore is transgender and non-binary,[4][5] and uses they/them pronouns.[6][7][5]

Early life

A Bronx native, Indya Moore's mother is Puerto Rican and their father is from the Caribbean.[8] At the age of 14, Moore left their parents' home due to what Moore describes as their parents' transphobia, and entered into foster care.[9] Moore moved around frequently during this time, eventually living in all five boroughs of New York City. After being frequently bullied, Moore dropped out of high school during their sophomore year.[10] Moore began working as a model at the age of 15, and eventually earned their General Equivalency Diploma (GED).[10][11]

Career

Early work

Moore became a model at the age of 15, and began working shoots for Dior and Gucci, despite the fashion industry's initial treatment of them as a risky choice.[10]

Although Moore was booking modeling gigs, they became increasingly disenchanted with the fashion industry and its emphasis on body image. Moore met legendary dancer and ballroom veteran Jose Gutierez Xtravaganza while doing background for the television series The Get Down. He encouraged them to pursue acting and sent Moore to an audition for the independent film Saturday Church.[10] Moore landed the role of Dijon, and the film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.[8] The Hollywood Reporter called it "sweet and soulful".[12] The film was later released on January 12, 2018 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.[13]

In early 2017, Moore walked in New York Fashion Week and was photographed for Vogue España. That year, Moore appeared in Katy Perry’s music video for the single “Swish Swish”, and performed live with Perry on the May 20, 2017 episode of Saturday Night Live,[14][15][16] where they were credited as a member of the House of Xtravaganza.[17]

Pose television series

In late 2017, Moore was cast in Pose, Ryan Murphy's FX television series about New York City ball culture in the late 1980s.[18][8] Moore portrays Angel Evangelista, a transgender sex worker who joins the House of Evangelista after leaving the House of Abundance with her friend Blanca. While working at the piers, she meets Stan, a yuppie played by Evan Peters, and becomes his mistress.[19]

The series premiered on June 3, 2018, and attracted critical acclaim.[20][21] The first season boasted the largest cast of transgender actors ever for a scripted network series with over 50 transgender characters.[18][22] On July 12, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, which premiered in June, 2019.[23]

Present projects

In 2018, Moore signed a contract with IMG Models and William Morris Endeavor (WME). Moore was WME's first signed contract with a trans actor.[24] Moore also started the production company Beetlefruit Media, which provides a platform for stories about disenfranchised groups.[25]

Moore has appeared in J.View's 2017 "Don't Pull Away" music video, and in Blood Orange's 2018 "Saint" video.[26]

In May 2019, Moore became the first transgender person to be featured on the cover of the U.S. version of Elle magazine.[27]

Upcoming projects

Moore will appear in the upcoming horror television series, Magic Hour, a gender-bending recreation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, directed by Che Grayson and filmed in Tokyo, on which they also serve as an executive producer.[19][28] Moore is set to appear in the short film Spot.[29]On October 18, 2019, Moore had been cast in the Upcoming sequel to the 2019 psychological thriller film Escape Room which will be released on August 14, 2020.[30]

Personal life

Moore is transgender and has openly spoken about their lifelong struggles with the bullying and transphobia that caused them to leave home at 14 and drop out of school in the 10th grade.[9][31] Moore is non-binary,[4][5] and goes by they/them pronouns.[6][7][5]

In December 2018, Moore came out as "poly"; while their initial tweet was unclear, they later clarified that they were referring to being polyamorous.[32][33]

In an interview with Pose co-star, Mj Rodriguez, Moore discussed how, despite identifying as non-binary, being seen as a woman means they are still subjected to the same "surveillance and scrutiny" as women, and to a desire to use fashion to take back that power:[4]

MOORE: I feel like that about fashion. I feel like that about us having the autonomy to express ourselves. I'm non-binary but I don't really talk about it that much. I don't feel like people really are there yet for understanding it, which I don't mind, but I also acknowledge the way people see me as a woman. And because I'm seen as a woman, a cis woman or binary presenting, people are going to hold me up to those same standards that women are held up to.

RODRIGUEZ: Which you're saying you shouldn't be, right?

MOORE: Which I'm saying women should not be.[4]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Saturday Church Dijon
2019 Queen & Slim TBA
2020 Escape Room 2 TBA Filming
TBA Spot Businesswoman Post-production
TBA A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting TBA Pre-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2018–present Pose Angel Evangelista 18 episodes
TBA Magic Hour Bella Also executive producer

See also

References

  1. ^ Yuan, Jada (9 May 2019). "Indya Moore Just Wants to Be Free". ELLE. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  2. ^ Out.com editors (2018-07-17). "Cover Exclusive: The Cast of 'Pose' Takes Center Stage & Makes History". Retrieved 2018-08-01.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. ^ "Indya Moore, Ryan Murphy lead TIME 100's influential LGBT people · PinkNews". www.pinknews.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-04-18.
  4. ^ a b c d Rodriguez, Mj (January 11, 2019). "Indya Moore Brews A Perfect Cup of Tea". L'Officiel.
  5. ^ a b c d @IndyaMoore (September 13, 2019). "I'm non binary, femme, Agender feels fitting too. My pronouns: they/them/theirs" (Tweet). Retrieved September 21, 2019 – via Twitter.
  6. ^ a b Moore, Indya (April 6, 2019). "i'm still navigating various levels [...]". Instagram. i do prefer that people use they them pronous [sic] to identify me.
  7. ^ a b @IndyaMoore (May 11, 2019). "My pronouns are they them and theirs! ✨" (Tweet). Retrieved May 11, 2019 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ a b c Fasanella, Allie (2018-06-10). "Get to Know the 5 Trans Actors on "Pose" Making Television History". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  9. ^ a b Gollayan, Christian (2018-05-31). "This once-bullied trans actress is now the star of 'Pose'". New York Post. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  10. ^ a b c d Skahill, Madi (2018-07-27). "Inside the Breakout of Indya Moore". WWD. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  11. ^ WWD, Madi Skahill |. "Indya Moore on her acting career and how she found her way to FX's 'Pose'". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  12. ^ "Saturday Church Review | Tribeca 2017". The Hollywood Reporter. April 23, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
  13. ^ Thomas, Chris (November 18, 2017). "Exclusive: Transgender Youth Find Their Voice at Saturday Church". Out. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  14. ^ Lambe, Stacy (July 18, 2018). "Breakout Star Indya Moore on Pose, Working With Evan Peters and Angel's Red Pumps (Exclusive)". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  15. ^ "Video of the Day: Indya Moore and Elliott Sailors in J. Views' "Don't Pull Away"". GO Magazine. March 9, 2017. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  16. ^ Gray, Madeleine. "Actual Angel And Trans WoC, Indya Moore, Makes Out With Lesbian Model Elliot Sailors In New Music Video". Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  17. ^ Renzi, Dan (May 22, 2017). "We identified the performers in Katy Perry's 'Swish Swish' on SNL". Queerty. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  18. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (October 25, 2017). "FX's 'Pose': Ryan Murphy Sets Largest Transgender Cast Ever For Scripted Series". Deadline Hollywood. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  19. ^ a b Marine, Brooke (2018-07-16). "Pose Breakout Star Indya Moore Debunks Myths About Normative Beauty and Body Hair". W Magazine. Retrieved 2018-08-01.
  20. ^ "Pose: Season 1 – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  21. ^ "Pose: Season 1 – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved June 21, 2018.
  22. ^ "New Ryan Murphy Musical Dance Series POSE Gets Full Season Order". BroadwayWorld.com. December 27, 2017. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  23. ^ Otterson, Joe (July 12, 2018). "'Pose' Renewed for Season 2 at FX". Variety. Los Angeles, California: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved July 12, 2018.
  24. ^ Kai, Maiysha. "Beauty Is Beauty: Pose's Indya Moore Lands Coveted Contracts with IMG and William Morris". The Glow Up. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  25. ^ "'Pose' Breakout Indya Moore Signs With WME (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  26. ^ "Blood Orange Debuts New "Saint" Video (ft Indya Moore) • GSLM". GSLM. 2018-08-27. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  27. ^ Street, Mikelle (May 9, 2019). "Indya Moore Makes History As First Trans Person to Cover Elle US". Out. Retrieved May 11, 2019.
  28. ^ "'Pose' Breakout Indya Moore To Star In, Executive Produce Modern 'Frankenstein' TV Series, 'Magic Hour'". shadowandact.com. Retrieved 2018-08-02.
  29. ^ "INTERVIEW: Trans actress Indya Moore on representation: putting a trans face on an anti-trans institution is not enough". 2017-04-25.
  30. ^ Amanda N'Duka (October 18, 2019). "'Escape Room 2': Sony Sets Lead Cast For Sequel". Deadline. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  31. ^ "Attention Cis People: You Can Relate to Trans Characters". PAPER. 2018-07-03. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  32. ^ Jackman, Josh (December 27, 2018). "Pose star Indya Moore has come out as poly". PinkNews.
  33. ^ Twitter thread, Indya Moore's official twitter

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