Justin Timberlake rose to fame rather early. After all, he’s one of the members of The All-New Mickey Mouse Club. Later, he came to fame with NSYNC and he’s garnered a lot of attention for his solo career as well.
The start was 35 years old in 2016, making him 41 years old now. In 2016, he took on a lead role in the animated movie Trolls and released the single “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
Born October 1st, Julie Andrews recently celebrated her 87th birthday. The star is well-loved for a number of roles. Her most famous pieces include The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, and The Princess Diaries.
The star was 35 years old in 1970. In that year, she was in Darling Lili as Lili. This was five years after the star made her appearance in The Sound of Music and six years after Mary Poppins.
Actor Denzel Washington was born in 1954. That makes him 67 years old today, very nearly doubling his age since he was 35 years old. This means he was 35 years old in 1989, which actually was a big year for the actor.
That year, he appeared in a few movies but won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Glory. He also appeared in the movies A Soldier’s Story and The Mighty Quinn.
Cher has definitely made her mark as a celebrity and she’s still going strong. The 76-year-old singer has been performing since 1963. Cher was born in 1946, meaning she was 35 only a year into the 1980s.
This was a year before she would release her album, I Paralyze. However, fans could catch her on her Take Me Home Tour in 1981 while they waited for the new album. 1981 was also the year she released Standing Room Only: Cher in Concert.
Brad Pitt rose to fame rather quickly in Hollywood. From Thelma & Louise to Bullet Train, the actor has quite a filmography. Today, Pitt is 58 years old and was 35 in 1998.
By this point, the star’s career had already taken off but he still had some heavy-hitting titles to come. He made one movie that year, starring in the film Meet Joe Black before shooting Fight Club the next year. The actor also appeared on the comedy show Saturday Night Live in 1998.
Courteney Cox became a household name for her tenure as Monica in Friends but she’s done many projects, both in front of and behind the camera. Cox was born in 1964, making her 58 years old today and 35 years old in 1999.
This wasn’t a bad year for Cox at all! For one, it’s in the middle of the run of Friends, which aired from 1994 to 2004. She also appeared in The Runner and in 1999, she’d return as Gale Weathers for Scream 2.
Interestingly, just like Courteney Cox, Nicolas Cage was also born in 1964, meaning he’s 58 years old today and was 35 back in 1999. Cage was pretty busy in 1999. He took on both the role of Tom Welles in 8mm and then Frank Pierce in Bringing Out the Dead.
That year he also won Favorite Actor twice at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards for his 1998 roles in City of Angels and Snake Eyes. He also won the MTV Movie and TV Awards for Best On-Screen Duo for his role in City of Angels in ’99.
Dame Helen Mirren has definitely made her mark in acting at this point. There are few people who don’t recognize the 77-year-old. Her career started in 1965 and she was 35 in 1980, so she already had some experience under her belt by then.
She’d had a few films under her belt up to this point but her 1980 role in The Long Good Friday really helped launch her as a film actor. From there, her career would only go up. After all, she would become a dame before she was 60!
Paul Rudd has a bit of a reputation as a man that doesn’t age. If you look at these two pictures, you just might believe it. Rudd was born in 1969, meaning he was 35 years old back in 2004 — while today, he’s 53.
Back then, before he was Ant-Man, he’d already made his big debut as an actor. By 2004, he was in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, P.S., and Wake Up, Ron Burgundy: The Lost Movie. Not to mention, 2004 marked the end of his run as Mike Hannigan on Friends.
There are few singers as near-universally loved as Dolly Parton. The singer was born in 1946, meaning she’s 76 years old now. When she was 35, back in 1981, she was enjoying the success of her talent and work.
If you turned on the radio, you’d probably catch “9 to 5” because it was both at the top of the pop and country music charts. It would even get to the top spot on the adult-contemporary charts.
Seth Rogen is well-known for his comedic films and the actor has an impressive number of hits under his belt — so much so, it comes as a surprise that he’s only 40 years old. Even in the last five years, he’s grown as an actor, director, and even producer.
In 2017, he was a producer and actor for The Disaster Artist, plus he appeared in Dr. Ken and Friends From College. It’s also when he started producing Future Man.
The Kardashians have been hard to miss since Kim first made waves in 2007. It didn’t take long for Keeping Up with the Kardashians to appear after that. Kim was born in 1980, making her 42 years old today and 35 in 2015.
By then, Keeping Up With the Kardashians was in full swing. There was even a brief spin-off that year called Dash Dolls. Of course, the star’s social media presence has only grown during that time as well.
Lenny Kravitz is well-known as a musician. The star has even stepped into acting roles over the years alongside a long list of music awards. Kravitz is currently 58 but was 35 in 1999.
That year actually kicked off the first of four straight years that Kravitz would win a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. That was also the year he released his cover of “American Woman” and worked with Cree Summer on a solo album.
Meryl Streep might just be one of the most well-known actresses in Hollywood in the last couple of decades. Born in 1949, she’s 73 years old now.
In 1984, when Streep was 35, Streep was in the movie Falling in Love, a romance with Robert De Niro where she played a character named Molly Gilmore. Unfortunately, the critics didn’t like this one as much as most of her later hits.
Keanu Reeves is another actor that some people claim doesn’t seem to age too much. The actor is now 58 and the picture when he was 35 was taken in 1999.
After all, 1999 was the year that The Matrix came out and Reeves played the main character, Neo. This was only the start of a series of movies the actor would take up his role again for.
Kelly Clarkson first rose to fame after winning American Idol in 2002. She wouldn’t turn 35 for another 15 years, in 2017. She was busy in 2017, too!
Clarkson released a book called River Rose and the Magical Christmas, voiced a character in The Star, and released her eighth album called Meaning of Life. She also appeared alongside P!nk to open for the 45th American Music Awards. Plus, she made an animated cameo appearance on Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh.
Tom Cruise has been in Hollywood for a while now and there are few people who don’t know who the actor is. The actor was born in 1962 and is currently 60 years old.
When he was 35 in 1997, Cruise didn’t actually make any films — although he was just coming off the year he made the first Mission: Impossible and Jerry Maguire. The next year, he’d go on to produce Without Limits.
Amy Schumer started her career as a comedian in 2004. Born in 1981, Schumer turned 35 in 2016, once her career was already gaining momentum. 2016 was the final year of Inside Amy Schumer, which Schumer didn’t only star in but created as well as co-produced and co-wrote.
Schumer also took 2016 to release a memoir about her life titled The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for the book, too. Today, Schumer is 41 years old.
Nick Cannon has made a name for himself with a few different trades including time as a rapper, comedian, actor, and even a host for quite a few different television shows. Born in 1980, the star is 42 today, making him 35 years old in 2015.
As an actor, he starred in Chi-Raq and appeared in both Brooklyn Nine-Nine as Marcus and as himself in Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. He was also named the Chief Creative Officer of RadioShack.
Whether you like The Grinch Who Stole Christmas around the holidays or you prefer Liar Liar, odds are that you’ve seen a Jim Carrey movie. The star is 60 years old now, born in 1962, meaning he turned 35 back in 1997.
That’s actually the year that Liar Liar came out. He took on the role of Fletcher Reed in that movie and it was successful enough that the next year, the actor had the chance to make one of his more well-known movies, The Truman Show.
Paris Hilton came to fame not only as one of the Hiltons but as a model and entertainer herself. 41 years old now, the star celebrated her 35th birthday in 2016.
The socialite had a few business ventures that year, including a haircare line with Lidl and the release of a new fragrance — the 20th in her line — as well as a home décor and shoe line. She even appeared in music videos for Demi Lovato and Kim Petras. Not to mention, she made time to model in both New York and Milan Fashion Week.
At this point, it seems like the whole world knows who The Rolling Stones are. Lead singer Mick Jagger celebrated his 79th birthday in July and shows no signs of retiring. This means the rock singer was enjoying his 35th back in 1978.
That year, the Rolling Stones released the album Some Girls, which was their first album with Ronnie Wood replacing Mick Taylor as guitarist. In addition, Jagger put on an acting cap to make an appearance as himself in All You Need Is Cash.
Oprah is perhaps one of the most well-known talk show hosts around. That isn’t to say that’s it — she’s put her efforts into philanthropy, writing, producing, and acting. Winfrey was born in 1954. If you do the math, that adds up to 35 in 1989 and 68 years old today.
One of the biggest successes from this year came from the very first season of her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show. On top of that, she even produced and acted in The Women of Brewster Place.
Catherine O’Hara has a few iconic roles, including that of Kevin McCallister’s mother Kate in Home Alone — as well as its sequel. Recently, fans know her from Schitt’s Creek alongside classic roles like Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas.
The actress was born in 1954, so she’s 68 years old today and was 35 in 1989. O’Hara was in two different projects that year. She played Nancy Mae in Andrea Martin…Together Again and a few different roles in I, Martin Short, Goes to Hollywood.
Jake Gyllenhaal has some really iconic roles in his filmography. Now 41 years old, the actor started his career all the way back in the early ’90s. In 2015, the actor was busy. He worked on Accidental Love, Southpaw, Everest, and Demolition.
He even stepped back on the stage to play Roland in Constellations and take up the mantel of the classic Seymour Krelborn in Little Shop of Horrors. The latter was at the New York City Center where Gyllenhaal would come back to perform on stage for the next two years in a different production.
Hollywood first saw Cameron Diaz from 1990 until her 2014 retirement from the spotlight. However, the 50-year-old actress has recently stepped into a few roles. When Diaz was 35, she was reprising her role as Fiona for Shrek the Third and for a television Christmas special called Shrek the Halls.
The former title earned her a nomination for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie at the Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards. That year, she also won Favorite Leading Lady for The Holiday.
To say that Elton John has had a successful career thus far would be a vast understatement. Born in 1947, the “Rocket Man” singer is currently 75 years old. This means at 35 years old, Elton John was enjoying the year 1982.
That was the year his fans could pick up his then-brand-new album Jump Up! The biggest hit he celebrated off this album went to “Blue Eyes”. Busy as always, the musician also released an album the year before and the year after this too!
Kirsten Dunst is one actress that hit fame rather early. She was still rather young when she took on memorable roles like Interview With a Vampire and Jumanji. So, by 35 years old, the star was already enjoying notable success!
She worked with Sophia Coppola on The Beguiled as well as took on the role of Theresa in Woodshock. If you kept a close eye out, you might have even caught her cameo in the episode “USS Callister” on Black Mirror.
Kim Cattrall has taken on quite a few roles in her career but one of the ones people think of right off the bat is her role in Sex and the City. Born in 1956, the actress was 35 years old in 1991, before the world would know her as Samantha.
At this point, she was in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered County and Miracle in the Wilderness. On a more sour note, the star did win a Golden Raspberry Award for her film The Bonfire of Vanities.
Sir Ian McKellan
From Marvel movies to the classic roles of Shakespeare, Sir Ian McKellen has proven his range over the course of his long career. The 89-year-old was born in 1939 and started his career in 1958 when he was only 19 years old.
By the time he was 35 years old, McKellan would be finishing a tour with the Brooklyn Academy of Music in the U.K. During this tour, he played roles in The Way of the World by William Congreve, King Lear by William Shakespeare, and The Wood Demon by Anton Chekov.
Suzanna Somers has worn many hats but is most recognizable for her work on Three’s Company as the character Chrissy Snow. The star is 76 years old today. Back when she was 35 years old, the actress was already a couple of decades into her career.
1981 would also mark the year her tenure on Three’s Company ended shortly after the actress was fired when she tried to negotiate a higher salary. However, it didn’t take long for Somers to show her strength as a businesswoman and talk show host after this either.
Al Pacino might be one of the most well-known actors in recent Hollywood history. The actor was born on April 25th, 1940 — making him 82 years old today. Back in 1975, Pacino released Dog Day Afternoon, which was a great success in his career.
He played the main role of John Wojtowicz and his performance even earned him a few awards. He also won multiple awards for his previous performances in Serpico, The Godfather Part II, Angels in America, and You Don’t Know Jack.
Barbra Streisand has made a name for herself both with her talents as a singer and actress. The 80-year-old started her career at about 18 years old. So, what was she doing by the time she was 35?
Well, fans of the singer that year could pick up her album Superman for the first time in a nine-year-long stretch of yearly albums. Upon release, Superman was rather well-received.
Oftentimes dubbed the Queen of Latin Music, Shakira started her career at only 13 years old. Today, the musician is 45 years old. In 2012, Shakira had a few successes. For one, the singer took one of the judging roles on The Voice.
She’s also ranked in Forbes’ list of the “Top 100 World’s Most Powerful Women.” The French Government even dubbed the then-35-year-old Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.
Many people look at Andrew Garfield and immediately think of his recent tenure as Spider-Man. Although he’s also been named one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People in the World now at 39. In 2018, Garfield took both to the big screen and the stage.
In Hollywood, he played Sam in Under the Silver Lake. He also took on the role of Prior Walter in Angels in America. Garfield performed this both at the Royal National Theater in London — as well as on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theater.
If you’re a fan of comedy, odds are you’ve seen Julia-Louis Dreyfus’ work. Dreyfus has worked on Seinfeld, Saturday Night Live, and Veep. She was born in 1961, making her 61 today but stepping back 26 years, what was she up to?
This was the year she played in London Suite. In 1996, her previous role in Seinfeld also won her an award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series, and Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
Chad Michael Murray
One Tree Hill fans definitely know who Chad Michael Murray is. 41 years old today, the actor was 35 years old in 2016. In 2016, Marrya played Henry in Outlaws and Angels.
Stepping onto the small screen, the star took on a role in the Marvel show Agent Carter as Jack Thompson. Interestingly, that year you could catch the actor as a worker in a Walmart commercial as well.
Christina Aguilera didn’t take long to rise to fame after the world heard her voice for the first time. Her name was nearly inescapable by the early 2000s. Her career is still going strong, too.
The singer was 35 in 2015, a year before she’d ended her run on The Voice. She’d throw on her acting shoes for a role in Nashville as Jade St. John. The role lasted for three episodes.
Bruce Springsteen has been making music since the 1960s. Now, the musician is 73 years old but celebrated his 35th birthday back in 1984. This actually marked a huge year in Springsteen’s career.
After all, it was the year he’d release what is perhaps still one of his most well-known albums, Born in the U.S.A. While Springsteen was already successful and well-known at this point, this album would really blow things out of the water to become one of the best-selling albums by any musician.
It’s hard to name every iconic role that Dame Maggie Smith has played over the years. Perhaps one of her most beloved is Professor McGonagall throughout the Harry Potter series. The actress was born in 1934, making her 87 years old now and 35 years old in 1969.
She was active in both film and theater that year. On the silver screen, she’d appear in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Oh! What a Lovely War. On stage, she’d become Margery Pinchwife for The Country Wife.
Another famous English face, Ozzy Osbourne has a much different legacy than Dame Maggie Smith. The 73-year-old rock singer was 35 years old in 1983.
That year, the musician would release one of his most successful solo albums, Bark at the Moon. In the same year, he’d released a music video for the title track of the album. He also appeared on the album Born to Laugh at Tornadoes by Was on the track “Shake Your Head (Let’s Go to Bed)”.
Goldie Hawn has made her name as an actress but as a dancer, singer, and producer as well. This has put her both in front of and behind the camera throughout the years. Hawn was 35 years old in 1980.
This was the year she’d unite with another big star, Liza Minelli, to make Goldie and Liza Together. She would also make Seems Like Old Times and Private Benjamin. She actually produced Private Benjamin as well as played Judy.
Sandra Bullock is another actress whose taken on quite a few memorable roles over the years. She’s 58 years old today and was 35 in 1999. This was the year she’d star across from Ben Affleck in Forces of Nature, adding to her romantic comedy filmography.
The movie met critical success and Bullock earned her second Golden Globe at 35. This was also the second year the actress was named one of People‘s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.
At 43 years old, Adam Levine and his band, Maroon 5, are rather well-known by now. The singer has been in the business since the early ’90s. In 2014, the star was entering his 35th year. The band’s fifth album, V, came out the same year.
The most successful singles they enjoyed were “Maps” and the now-familiar song “Animals”. Levine would also make an appearance as himself in the Lennon or McCartney documentary.
Today, there’s more representation for LGBTQ+ individuals in Hollywood than there’s ever been. This means that there are more celebrities that can share more of their personal identity with their fans, including their gender identity. These celebrities have all opened up about their journies as transgender, nonbinary, and genderqueer public figures, inspiring millions in the process.
Fans of Orange Is the New Black had the chance to see Laverne Cox’s breakout role as Sophia Burset. The actress portrayed the role so well, she became the first transgender actress nominated for a Primetime Emmy for acting.
Cox has used her fame to make strides as an activist as well. She told Time in 2014 that, “We are in a place now where more and more trans people want to come forward and say, ‘This is who I am,’ and more trans people are willing to tell their stories.”
Sam Smith first started gaining fame in 2012 after they released their single, “Latch.” Since then, their fame has only rocketed with releases such as Stay with Me.
Smith announced in 2019 that they were non-binary. They said that “After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out.” They have said, “Nonbinary/genderqueer is that you do not identify in a gender. You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation.”
It was very recently that Demi Lovato addressed fans on Instagram. They said, “I am proud to let you know that I identify as non-binary.”
They continued on to say, “I’m still learning and coming into myself and I don’t claim to be an expert or a spokesperson. Sharing this with you now opens another level of vulnerability for me.” In the announcement, they also shared that their pronouns are they/them.
Elliot Page has been in Hollywood since they were young. They’ve made their mark for roles in movies like Juno, shows like The Umbrella Academy, and even video games like Beyond: Two Souls.
At the beginning of December 2020, Page used social media to announce that he was transgender. The post read, “Hi friends, I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they, and my name is Elliot.” He also announced he would continue his efforts as an activist.
Laura Jane Grace
Another punk musician, Laura Jane Grace is the frontwoman and founding member of the band Against Me!. She also started the band Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers in 2016.
Grace came out as a woman to her fans in 2012. She’s even shared that she was inspired by meeting a transgender fan of Against Me! while the band was on tour. Her coming out was lauded as courageous by the GLAAD president at the time, Herndon Graddick.
Fans of Atypical will recognize Brigette Lundy-Paine from their role as Casey Gardner. They’ve also had roles in Bombshell and Bill & Ted Face the Music.
In November of 2019, Lundy-Paine announced that they were non-binary and that they use they/them pronouns. They said in their coming out post on Instagram, “I’m non-binary, always felt a lil bit boy, lil bit girl, lil bit neither. Using they/them as of late n it feel right.” They also noted that while it was scary to come out, they owed it to themselves to do it.
On July 15, 2015, TLC debuted their new show, I am Jazz. Still on today, the show focused on the day-to-day life of Jazz Jennings, who started the show at 14.
Being a celebrity for so long, it makes sense that Jazz would have a unique perspective on living life in the public eye. She’s said, “I’ve always been so honest about who I am as a person. And being transgender, I feel like it’s something that I couldn’t hide no matter what.”
If you’re a fan of Steven Universe or Adventure Time, you’re familiar with Rebecca Sugar’s work. They worked as the creator of the first and a storyboard artist and writer on the latter project.
Both bisexual and non-binary themselves, Sugar has made clear how crucial LGBTQ+ representation in kids’ media is. When they came out as non-binary, they shared that they use both she/her and they/them pronouns. Their work on Steven Universe earned a GLAAD Media Award and added to the James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List.
Jonathan Van Ness
The remake of Queer Eye has been successful and few people don’t know who Jonathan Van Ness is at this point. In 2019, they shared with Out magazine that they were nonbinary.
Specifically, they said, “The older I get, the more I think that I’m nonbinary – I’m gender non-conforming.” They went on to share, “I just didn’t know what the name was. I’ve been wearing heels and wearing makeup and wearing skirts and stuff for a minute, honey.”
Audiences were taken with Euphoria when HBO released it. This was partially thanks to Hunter Schafer’s portrayal of the character Jules alongside Zendaya’s character Rue.
Schafer’s activism began early including protesting against the Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act while still in high school. She has stated, “I do like people to know that I’m not a cis girl because that’s not something that I am or feel like I am. I’m proud to be a trans person.”
Miley Cyrus is a familiar face to many. It makes sense – as a Disney alum, the musician has been on screens and on stages for quite some time.
In an interview with Billboard magazine, she’s described herself as “a gender-neutral and sexually fluid person,” speaking about her gender identity and pansexuality. She has said that she personally “doesn’t relate to being a boy or girl and I don’t have to have my partner relate to boy or girl.”
America’s Next Top Model fans will remember Isis King for her run on the show’s 11th and 17th cycles. Her run during the 11th cycle made her the first transgender woman to compete on the show.
Since her time on America’s Next Top Model, King has also had roles on shows such as Shameless and The Bold and the Beautiful. She also appears in the series Strut by Whoopi Goldberg which is a biographical look into the careers of transgender models.
Shea Couleé is best known for their work as a drag queen and musician. They even took home the crown on season 5 of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.
Since their career started, they’ve done everything from movies and television to music and internet series. They have also shared with fans that they use they/she pronouns and identifies as non-binary. More specifically, they prefer she/her pronouns when performing drag but they/them pronouns outside of their drag persona.
Asia Kate Dillon
Another Orange Is the New Black alum, Asia Kate Dillon played Brandy Epps. On top of that, they later went on to play the first nonbinary character on television in North America with their character in Billions.
Rather than making a single coming-out announcement, Dillon started to remove the gendered pronouns from their biography in 2015. This was around the same time that they auditioned for the role of Mason in Billions which they say helped them understand their own identity.
For those who love to curl up and rewatch She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, you have Noelle Stevenson to thank for that. They were the creator, executive producer, and showrunner for the series.
Stevenson describes themselves as nonbinary and described themselves on Twitter on International Nonbinary Day in 2020 as “nonbinary, or something like it.” For a more in-depth look at their story, they created a graphic novel and memoir called The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures.
Elliot Fletcher’s career started with his debut as Noah on MTV’s Faking It. He would continue on to join the casts of both The Fosters and Shameless for a time.
Fletcher came out as a transgender man very shortly after celebrating his 17th birthday, sharing that they use he/him pronouns. The actor was also a part of a project in 2017 by Jen Richards that served as a filmed message to Hollywood to open more and better roles for transgender actors and actresses.
Brian Michael Smith
An amazing actor and advocate for transgender representation in the media, Brian Michael Smith isn’t an actor to miss. You can see him in Queen Sugar, The L Word: Generation Q, andz 9-1-1: Lone Star.
Smith has been out for a good portion of his life and identified as a man from early in their childhood. He’s dedicated a good portion of his time to advocacy too. He especially fights for queer representation in media and recently took part in the Netflix Documentary Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen by Sam Feder.
Anyone who followed Grey’s Anatomy will recognize Sara Ramirez. While they have publicly been out as bisexual for some time, they came out as nonbinary on Instagram in August of 2020.
The caption reads: “In me is the capacity to be girlish boy, boyish girl, boyish boy, girlish girl, all, neither.” In case this wasn’t clear enough, they added the nonbinary hashtag to the end of the post. The artist has shared that they use she/they pronouns.
Another entry from the team that brought us She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Jacob Tobia voiced the character Double Trouble. They also have an extensive library of written work.
As for their own identity within the queer community, Tobia describes themselves as genderqueer. They also use singular they pronouns. They’ve discussed their identity in many written pieces including pieces like Why I’m Genderqueer, Professional and Unafraid for The Huffington Post. They’ve also written an autobiography titled Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story.
Ellie Desautels broke onto the scene in Hollywood with their portrayal of Michael Hallowell in Rise. On top of this, they’ve also worked on other roles and as a singer and songwriter.
As a nonbinary person, Desautels has used their art in their activism. Their college thesis revolved around telling genuine stories of transgender and nonbinary individuals called Oh, Sweet Child. They’ve continued to spread this message as they rose to fame as well.
Bex Taylor-Klause started their career early, showing a love for Shakespeare in only elementary school. It was the role of Bullet in The Killing that really kicked their career off, though.
Taylor-Klaus first came out as gay in 2016, stating, “Hello my name is Bex and yes the rumors are true I am gay.” In July of 2018, they came out once again, this time as nonbinary. At this time, they also shared that their pronouns are they/them.
With a large role in Pose as Angel Evangelista, LGBTQ+ audiences are familiar with Indya Moore’s work. This year, they’re set to play a role in the new Escape Room movie as well.
Throughout their career, Moore has been open about their identity as nonbinary and transgender. They’ve also talked openly about their experiences with bullying and transphobia throughout their life. They’ve also discussed the scrutiny they’ve been put under in being perceived as a woman by critics in Hollywood. The artist uses both they/them and she/her pronouns.
Ezra Miller has graced screens in a number of roles. Comic book fans can see them in Justice League while they took on a role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower or even in the Stephen King-inspired series, The Stand.
In 2012, Miller shared that they were queer and later shared that they use they/them pronouns. They clarified this with the statement, “I don’t identify as a man. I don’t identify as a woman. I barely identify as human.”
Candis Cayne has a long career including her role as Carmelita on Dirty Sexy Money. With this role, Cayne became known as the first transgender woman to play a recurring primetime transgender character.
Cayne came out early in her career, in 1996. She’s since said, “I’m not trying to be a spokeswoman for the transgender community; I just want to be looked at as a living, breathing, happy human being.” In 2020, she took part in the documentary Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen.
With roles in titles like Scream 4, Odd Thomas, and The Following under their belt, Nico Tortorella has managed to keep audiences on the edge of their seats when they come on screen.
In 2016, they shared that they were queer in first saying they were sexually fluid once to the New York Post and told Vulture they were bisexual only a few months later. They came out once more in a video with Trinity the Tuck in 2016 in which they described themselves as genderfluid and expressed that they use they/them pronouns.
While Hollywood is full of talented individuals, it’s worth stepping over into the world of sports for representation as well. Canadian-born athlete Quinn has made quite the name for themselves as a soccer player.
In 2020, Quinn came out as transgender and announced that they use they/them pronouns. While there were supportive responses, Quinn has shared that they were particularly disappointed to see media coverage using their birth name. They continue to play as a midfielder for the Canada Women’s National Soccer Team.
Jamie Clayton is an actress and model that you might have caught in Sense8 or for her role on Designated Survivor. More recently, she’s taken roles in series like The L Word: Generation Q as Tess.
With early dreams of being a makeup artist, though, one of Clayton’s first appearances was on the VH1 show, TRANSform Me, produced by Laverne Cox. Out magazine has honored this transgender actress by including her in their Out 100 awards.
Valentina Sampaio is an accomplished model and has even tried her hand at acting. Not to mention, she holds the title of “first” in a few of her accomplishments.
Sampaio identified as a woman from a young age, saying that she took on the name Valentina at age 12. While her classmates were accepting, she did lose her first modeling job for her identity. That didn’t stop her from later becoming the first transgender Victoria’s Secret model or the first openly transgender model on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.
Amandla Stenberg has made quite the impression on the world already. They’ve been on the Time list of Most Influential Teens twice and won an NAACP Image Award.
Most audiences know them as the performer behind Rue in The Hunger Games. They’ve stated that they’re nonbinary and that they use both she/her and they/them pronouns. Stenberg has used their fame to aid in their activism, a huge portion of which is dedicated to helping LGBTQ+ youth.
If you were one of the millions who tuned in to see how Netflix adapted 13 Reasons Why, you’ll recognize Tommy Dorfman. They played the role of Ryan Shaver.
Their work didn’t go unnoticed either. The same year they were introduced on 13 Reasons Why, they won the GLAAD Rising Star Award. It was also in 2017 that Dorfman came out as nonbinary and stated that their pronouns were they/them. They had already identified as queer previously to this coming-out announcement.
Joey Soloway is an artist in a number of ways as the creator, writer, producer, and director behind a number of projects. Notably, they worked on Transparent in all of these roles, eventually earning two Emmys.
Soloway actually didn’t come out until later in life. They use they/them pronouns and identify as gender non-conforming and nonbinary. In June of 2020, they announced that they’d changed their name to Joey. They’ve even taken the time to delve into their road to a nonbinary identity after 50 in their memoir, She Wants It.
Liv Hewson is an actor and playwright best known for their work on Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet. They’ve described their written work as “lots of reimaginings of fairytales and mythology with a queer and dark slant.”
Hewson was only 16 when they came out as nonbinary, letting people know that they used they/them pronouns. Their activism hasn’t gone unnoticed either. The Human Rights Campaign awarded Hewson their Visibility Award for their LGBTQ+ advocacy.
Courtney Act is a well-known name. Even before they graced the drag competition RuPaul’s Drag Race, they became a household name on the debut season of Australian Idol.
Act hasn’t slowed down since their days in competition TV, though. They’ve expanded their discography both as a solo artist and as a guest or member of a group, acted in a number of movies and TV shows, and even showed up in a number of web series. Act identifies as pansexual, polyamorous, and genderfluid.
Ruby Rose is a model and actress that almost everyone knows at this point. From her work in Orange Is the New Black to Resident Evil: The Final Chapter to Batwoman, she a library that would impress anyone.
She’s shared that she saved up to transition when she was younger but now identifies as genderfluid and uses feminine pronouns. She’s said, “I am very gender fluid and feel more like I wake up every day sort of gender neutral.”
Angelica Ross is a woman with many skillsets. Not only an actress, but Ross has also worked as a businesswoman and an activist and transgender rights advocate as well.
As an actress, you might recognize Ross from her work in Pose or in her role as Donna Chambers in American Horror Story: 1984. Her work as a businesswoman is impressive too, including founding and serving as the CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises which aimed to help employ transgender tech professionals.
Lachlan Watson is early in their career and they’ve already made quite an impact. They’re best known for their work on the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as Theo Putnam.
The performer is often cited as one of the youngest nonbinary actors in Hollywood and uses they/them pronouns. They were also a part of another project titled What I Wish You Knew: About Being Nonbinary including other celebrities on this list such as Jacob Tobia and Liv Hewson.
Rhea Butcher has worn many hats over the course of their career. They’ve hosted a podcast, done standup comedy, performed as an actor, writer, and worked as a producer.
Butcher is nonbinary and once tweeted, “I am queer and non binary and butch and gender nonconforming and a lesbian and a woman and a boy and a kid and a dude and a kind of man that is nearly impossible to describe.” They also voiced the nonbinary character, Asher, in Kip and the Age of Wonderbeasts.
Nikkie de Jager
If you don’t recognize Nikkie de Jager by name, you’ve probably heard of her YouTube channel, NikkieTutorials. There, the makeup artist offers tips and tutorials as well as vlogs.
In January 2020, Jager released a video on her channel titled “I’m Coming Out.” In the video, she revealed two things. First, she discussed her identity as a transgender woman and revealed that she was prompted to come out when someone tried to blackmail her by threatening to publicly out her without her consent.
Chaz Bono is famous in his own right as well as being the son of Sonny Bono and Cher. Fans can recognize him from his work on shows like American Horror Story and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Bono has written a number of books on their life experiences including Transition: Becoming Who I Was Always Meant to Be and The End of Innocence: A Memoir. He has also worked extensively as an LGBT activist and even served as a spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign.
Gigi Gorgeous rose to fame on YouTube but has worked as a model and actress as well. She gained popularity thanks to the content on her YouTube channel, especially vlogs.
In 2013, Gorgeous shared that she is transgender with the world and later thanked “transgender model and performing artist Amanda Lepore and the death of my mother for sparking my transition.” She’s also written a memoir titled He Said, She Said: Lessons, Stories, and Mistakes From My Transgender Journey.
King Princess is a musician from Brooklyn whose career shows her talent and personal style. After all, you have to be pretty talented to be asked to sign with a music label at only 11, even if you refuse.
Speaking on her identity, she’s shared that she’s genderqueer and gay. Talking to W magazine, she said, “I like being a woman sometimes,” and continued, “But I’m not fully a woman. I’m somebody who falls center on the gender spectrum and it changes day to day. It’s just not in me to decide.”
Rain Dove is a model known for their gender-nonconforming work. They’ve posed both in masculine and feminine shoots. They’ve been cited more than once as a model redefining the standards of beauty.
The model has described their own experience by calling themselves a “gender capitalist” and sharing that “I’ve never really cared about pronouns for my own descriptors.” They have also dedicated time to activism and supported Phluid Project, the first nonbinary clothing store in New York.
Hari Nef is most recognizable to audiences for her role on Transparent as Gittel. However, she’s worked extensively as a writer and model as well as an actress.
She holds the accolade of being the first transgender woman to sign to IMG Worldwide. If you aren’t familiar with the name of the company, the agency also hosts famous names like Gigi Hadid and Gisele Bündchen. After that, she became the first transgender woman on the cover of a major British magazine.
Ian Harvie is recognizable from his work on Transparent but he’s a comedian in his own right as well. He often works his life experiences and his identity into his standup routines.
He’s shared before that he knew that he was transgender at an early age but didn’t quite have the vocabulary to describe his experience with his gender identity. He officially came out as transgender when he was 32. Today, he spends a lot of his time advocating for more well-written roles for transgender performers in Hollywood.
Jayne County has left her mark on punk music with her long career. Alongside her place in the early punk scene, she has done her part as an activist as well.
For one, Jayne County became a regular patron at the Stonewall Inn, leading her to take part in the Stonewall riots. She initially changed her name to Jayne County and publicly performed as a woman in 1979. In 1996, she released her autobiography Man Enough to be a Woman.