EXCLUSIVE: Lilly Wachowski on Following in Sister’s Footsteps Through Her Transition

by Stacy Lambe 12:18 PM PDT, April 05, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Lilly Wachowski on Following in Sister’s Footsteps Through Her Transition

“I’m speaking my truth. I’m living my truth and that’s important for everybody to do,” Lilly Wachowski told ET while making her red carpet debut at the GLAAD Media Awards on Sunday, less than a month after coming out as a transgender woman.

The filmmaker was at the event to represent her Netflix series, Sense8, which she co-created with her sister, Lana Wachowski. The show won for Outstanding Drama Series.

Taking the stage to accept the award, Lilly opened up about her own coming out story and greeted the audience with a sense of humor. “Ta-da!” she greeted the crowd before quickly thanking GLAAD for its support in helping her come out "as well as the extremely sensitive and courteous people at the Daily Mail.”

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“Thanks, guys," she said with a hint of sarcasm.

In March, the filmmaker issued a statement to the Windy City Times after a Daily Mail reporter approached her at her home to ask about her transition.

“You know, when you're living as an out transgender person it's … kind of difficult to hide. I just wanted—needed some time to get my head right, to feel comfortable,” she continued. “But apparently I don't get to decide this … so yeah, I'm transgender. And yeah, I've transitioned.”

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The British publication denies Lilly’s claim that it tried to out her.

Before accepting the award, Lilly opened up to ET about her transition and the overwhelming support from both the LGBT community and her own friends and family.

“It’s been overwhelmingly positive,” she said of the support, before revealing her close friends’ reaction to her transition. “I’m friendly with Jamie [Clayton, star of Sense8], of course. She knew early on and was completely shocked by me telling her what was going on with me. My friend Jen Richards, who just released a web series called Her Story, was a big help. She wrapped her arms around me.” 

And she also addressed the support from her sister, Lana, who came out as a transgender woman in 2012.

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“Even the simple act of being. She pushed all these fence posts out and, so in a lot of ways, I was just following in her footsteps,” Lilly said of her sister. “It was almost like she had her snowplow out and all these channels started opening up for me.”

“Lana has been absolutely amazing and brilliant,” she added.

--Additional reporting by Denny Directo