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Saga Becker is the first transgender person to win best actress award

Published fredag 20 februari 2015 kl 15.00
"This is about so much more than just some movie award"
(6:41 min)
Actress Saga Becker joined us for an interview in Broadcasting House. Photo: Markus Landén/Sveriges Radio.
Actress Saga Becker joined us for an interview in Broadcasting House. Photo: Markus Landén/Sveriges Radio.

Transgender actress Saga Becker made headlines all over the world when she won the best actress award at the Swedish equivalent of the Oscars.

"This is about so much more than just some movie award. We've made history here tonight", Becker said in her thank you speech at the Guldbagge award show in January. 

She received the award for her role as Sebastian and Ellie in the movie 'Something must break', a love story between transgender Sebastian/Ellie and straight-identified Andreas.

The movie is very much about self-discovery and identity as you get to follow Sebastian's transformation into Ellie, a gender transformation story that Saga says she can relate a lot to. 

"This movie has taught me so much. I've had to relive and rethink things in my past that I thought that I had left behind", she says.

Her role in the movie was her acting debut, but she's already working on both a novel and a new movie, she says to Radio Sweden. 

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