Zach Barack is opening up about his historic role!
The 23-year-old Spider-Man: Far From Home actor opened up about being the first out transgender actor to appear in a Marvel film in an interview with Variety on Wednesday (June 26).
“I’m kind of losing my mind a little bit, but I’m acting like I’m not. I don’t know that it fully has [sunk in]…I don’t quite have the capacity to explain how meaningful it is to me,” he said.
“I’m not by any means an expert on comics, but I read them growing up, you know, and they were important. And there’s something very inherently trans about those stories, especially ones where identity and hidden identity is part of them. For example, Peter Parker’s journey [in Spider-Man: Homecoming] is a lot about balancing being a teenager and having this other part of your life,” he explained.
“And that is just so trans, it’s something that I absolutely think I’ve felt on a daily basis sometimes – especially being a transmasculine person because sometimes there’s a pressure to be a different way than I feel naturally inclined to do because I want to fit in, and I have to actively fight that instinct. But the fact of the matter is, being in this movie is so beyond incredibly meaningful and I hope that it means something to other people.”
In the movie, Barack plays Peter Parker’s classmate. Click here to see more from the premiere!