Moore in 2019
|Born||1994/1995 (age 24–25)|
New York City, U.S.
Indya Adrianna Moore (born 1994/95) is an American actor and model. Moore is known for playing the role of Angel Evangelista in the FX television series Pose. Time magazine named the actor one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2019. Moore is transgender and non-binary, and uses they/them pronouns.
A Bronx native, Indya Moore's mother is Puerto Rican and their father is from the Caribbean. At the age of 14, Moore left their parents' home due to what Moore describes as their parents' transphobia, and entered into foster care. 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. Moore began working as a model at the age of 15, and eventually earned their General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
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. Moore landed the role of Dijon, and the film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival. The Hollywood Reporter called it "sweet and soulful". The film was later released on January 12, 2018 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
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, where they were credited as a member of the House of Xtravaganza.
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. 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.
The series premiered on June 3, 2018, and attracted critical acclaim. The first season boasted the largest cast of transgender actors ever for a scripted network series with over 50 transgender characters. On July 12, 2018, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, which premiered in June, 2019.
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. Moore also started the production company Beetlefruit Media, which provides a platform for stories about disenfranchised groups.
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. Moore is set to appear in the short film Spot.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.
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. Moore is non-binary, and goes by they/them pronouns.
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:
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.
|2019||Queen & Slim||TBA|
|2020||Escape Room 2||TBA||Filming|
|TBA||A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting||TBA||Pre-production|
|2018–present||Pose||Angel Evangelista||18 episodes|
|TBA||Magic Hour||Bella||Also executive producer|
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i do prefer that people use they them pronous [sic] to identify me.
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