Actors who played characters of the opposite gender

Angelina Jolie

Salt, 2010

Jolie played the role of CIA agent Evelyn Salt, suspected of working for Russian intelligence. According to the plot, a special agent woman has to transform into a man. Angelina Jolie had to spend several hours in the dressing room to achieve a believable transformation.

Gael García Bernal

La mala educación, 2004

Gael García Bernal plays the role of a transvestite in the drama of the classic of Spanish cinema Pedro Almodovar. Working on the female image was a new experience in Bernal’s career.

Eddie Redmayne

The Danish Girl, 2015

The drama takes place in the 1920s and tells the story of the artist Einar Wegener, who posed for his wife in the form of a woman. Over time, Einar realizes that he no longer wants to be a man, and decides on the world’s first sex-change operation. Eddie Redmayne did an excellent job with both roles, and the film about the world’s first transgender person turned out to be strong, philosophical, and lyrical.

Cillian Murphy

Breakfast on Pluto, 2005

Working on Breakfast on Pluto is one of the most iconic and challenging roles in Cillian Murphy’s career. The actor’s character in the film goes from an androgynous teenager to a glamorous blonde.

Hilary Swank

Boys Don’t Cry, 1999

A drama based on a true story. The character of Hilary Swank was a young man who was born a woman but felt like a man from a very early age. To get used to the role, the actress cut her hair, tightened her body so that it looked more like a man’s, she even lived in the form of a man for a month. For her performance in this film, Swank won an Oscar.