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Popular Girl: Hailie Sahar

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Aug 4, 2020

‘Pose’ star Hailie Sahar is so much more than actress. The artist, singer, activist, and future author is helping to broaden the sphere of opportunities for trans artists after her and helping to shape the way in which the community is perceived through the media in her various roles and advocation from ‘Good Trouble’ to ‘Disclosure’.

We caught up with the actress to talk about Good Trouble, activism, and performative diversity within the industry. Keep reading for our exclusive interview.

 

1. Pose has seen a resurgence in popularity with Season 2 being on Netflix and Pride Month, what’s the best part of being on a show that is so trailblazing?

The best part about being on Pose is making history as the first and largest cast of lead actors who are also the transexperience.

 

2. Portraying a character from the ‘80s in 2020 must create an interesting opportunity to examine the differences in queer culture and issues from that decade and today, what has been the biggest changes and similarities you have noticed?

The similarities of portraying trans characters from the ‘80s in comparison to 2020 is that not much has changed when it comes to equality and inclusion of the trans community. The trans community is constantly overlooked in everyday society.

 

3. How have you celebrated Pride this year?

Pride is every day for me I don’t wait for the year to come around to celebrate pride in the way that I celebrate it is by embracing myself encouraging myself and those around me.

 

4. What has been the most rewarding experience you have gained from Pose?

The most rewarding experience from working on Pose is encouraging other people to dream bigger and believe in themselves.

 

5. Queer representation in the entertainment industry is on the rise but there is also an issue of performativity, where queer people are only portrayed for “diversity.” How can the industry make queer-inclusive content that doesn’t treat queer artists as quotas to fill?

We must hold creators accountable for the lack of authenticity they bring to scripts . By paying attention to today’s rising generations there’s a clear sign that consumers want authentic material.

 

6. You are not only an artist but an activist, why do you think it is important for artists to use their platform to advocate as well?

As artists we all hold positions of power by being visible and with this visibility. We must use it for a good cause by bringing awareness to the issues of today.

 

7. You also appear as Jazmin Martinez in Good Trouble. There is definitely a sense of a machismo household within her upbringing. You’ve talked previously about how loving your mother was during your transition. How did you get into the headspace to play those tough scenes for Jazmin?

It was easy for me to get into the headspace while portraying Jazmin Martinez because my real life has never been easy. I have a great relationship with my mother but I also have many other family members that were not supportive during my journey, so I pull a lot of emotions from this part of my life.

 

8. Your role in the show is so strong. What is a storyline that you would like to see for her moving forward?

I would like my characters to have a love interest and possibly enroll into college.

I don’t want my characters or trans characters who always have traumatizing storylines we need to see hope when storytelling the trans experience.

 

9. The show is also known for tackling social issues such as gender equality in the workplace, trans workers’ rights, racism, and body positivity. How does the show handle the themes it tackles on screen, off screen?

Offscreen I am determined to do everything I can to make sure the storylines I portray are as authentic as possible.

 

10. How do you deal with rejection in the industry?

Everything that is meant for me will be for me and there’s no human being that can take that away. I’m a firm believer that what you put out into the universe you will surely get back I work hard for myself and to inspire other people to do the same.

 

11.Beyond acting, you started off as a dancer and have moved to music as well. Where did your passion for the arts stem from?

The arts stem from my bloodline. My grandmother was a dancer, My uncle is a brilliant singer, and my mother is an incredible writer. Everyone in my family can do some form of art it’s just natural.

 

12. What is a passion project for you?

A passion project for me is portraying a character dealing with mental illness. This is a subject that many people don’t understand with so many stereotypes surrounding this topic. I would like to take this topic on and shed awareness. I would also love to be a Bond girl.

 

13. What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? 

The best advice I’ve learned is to love authentically.

 

14. What is a question you wish you got asked more in interviews?

A question I wish I got asked more is what it’s like to be me when the cameras are not rolling.

 

15. Tell us about any new projects in the works!

Currently I’m working on my book. I don’t know how long it will take me to complete it, but I am working on it. I am also working on music, and many more projects that I cannot disclose as of yet. Lastly, I would like to say I love my fans I thank you for your support I am a reflection of you and I will always stand firm for a quality and love.

 

Keep up with Hailie on Instagram @hailiesahar and catch up with the latest seasons of Pose (Netflix) and Good Trouble (Hulu and Freeform)!