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Gavin Crawford interview – Two 4 One transgender dramedy

two-4-one-5One of Canada’s best loved television comedians Gavin Crawford of This Hour Has 22 Minutes had his work cut out for him in Maureen Bradley’s heart tugging comedy drama Two 4 One.

He plays Adam, a lesbian transitioning to become a man who is still involved with his ex- lesbian lover. And to make matters more complex, a fertility kit mishap leaves him pregnant. Adam’s ex-lover, who is trying desperately to become a mother and his doting, open minded mother must deal with his confusion and fear and their own.

M&C had the chance to speak with Crawford in Toronto about this unusually challenging role and the growing awareness of transgendering.

Q: The timing for the film’s release could not be better with so much attention being paid to Caitlyn Jenner. People are learning.

I think that was entirely an accident. I don’t think really that was in anyone’s mind but we’re definitely talking about those sorts of issues. In the last couple of years transgender has had more and more visibility, Laverne in Orange is the New Black and the way our society communicates now o Twitter and Facebook. It’s easier for previously more marginalised voices to be heard, to get voices out there. It’s been a nice build up and so a little film like this could get made is also lucky, it’s part of the zeitgeist.

Q: The detailed information you’d have to know or feel as a man playing a woman transgendered to a man. From the way you move and dress and talk and act and respond. How hard was it?

To a certain extent I’m fortunate that I have transgendered friends, female to male friends so I could look to them if I had any questions but I’m familiar to feel what it’s like. I drew on that, and the specifics of don’t carry yourself, carry yourself as what you think you should be in the world. I’m not the most male person anyway. If I go into a bar with straight guys and wanted to fit in, I’d add more shoulders. I have a tendency to gesture and cross my legs, so I just go well I’m trying to pass and be a straight guy and that’s’ what I would mimic. It kind of works. Adam’s a strange character is uncomfortable in his own skin, and on the cusp of feeling confident. Adam carries himself more guardedly than I do.

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