Asia Kate Dillon on Billions, Nonbinary Gender Identity, and Making TV History
Dillon is the first nonbinary actor to play a nonbinary character on television.
Asia Kate Dillon plays the first nonbinary character on TV: a keenly intelligent intern on the show Billions.
In an interview with Vulture, Dillon discusses the connection they felt with the character who instantly revealed truths about themselves in their own, real, life, of which they were previously unaware:
“…female meaning sex and nonbinary meaning a gender identity that is an umbrella term for people who identify as neither man nor a woman. I just went, oh my gosh, there is language to express something about myself that I’ve always known, but could never put words to. I mean, it really helped. It’s interesting: As much visibility as Taylor is giving to the nonbinary community now that Billions is on the air, Taylor gave that visibility and hope to me first.”
“I started removing ‘she’ and ‘her’ from my online bio material or my bio in a program, and I just replaced it with my name. I used my name instead of a pronoun, which felt really good. Once I read the breakdown for Taylor, before even being cast in the role, I immediately made the changes to any online material I had. I started saying, ‘These are my pronouns.’”
Read more of Dillon’s insight in their interview here.