Actress Daniielle Alexis, one of the stars of Foxtel prison drama Wentworth, has opened up about her experiences as a transgender woman.
The 31-year-old, who joined the series earlier this year as new inmate Dana Malouf, said the initial hormone therapy she began after high school still left her feeling incomplete but her mother and grandfather saved up $30,000 to pay for her sex reassignment surgery.
“I remember getting to a point within my transition where I was on hormone therapy and pre-op and I called my mum and I was crying and I was in a really dark place,” she told Channel Seven’s The Daily Edition this week.
“I said, ‘Mum I can’t live like this, like half/half.’ That’s how it really felt and [I was] just in a really emotional, dark place.
“My mum said, ‘I’m here for you, I’m going to support you to the end of the world. I’ve been saving your whole life with your grandfather to get your surgery for you.’”
“All we need as transgender people is love and support and for Mum to do that for me was a miracle, definitely.”
Daniielle also spoke of the joy she felt to have finished her transition.
“It’s like you’re a butterfly and you’re complete… It’s a rebirthing process, you literally feel like you’re born again,” she explained.
Last month the actress told Woman’s Day magazine she was born as a boy after keeping it a secret for years.
She wrote on Instagram at the time she had “lived two lives as two people and lived a journey that not many people would understand.”
“I have lived in silence for over 12 years. Not pretending to be somebody else – but frightened to come out with the whole truth,” she wrote.
“Over a year ago I decided to myself that I would have the courage to not only stand up for my LGBT community and transgender rights, but that I would follow my dream of being an actress.”
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