Who is Asia Kate Dillon?
Ithaca, New York, United States of America
Dillon is a non-binary performer who has a gender identity outside of the binary. They graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
Dillon got a role in My Name is Rachel Corrie in 2007. They played the titular role in this acclaimed play. The actor would continue to appear in various distinguished productions, playing Lucifer in The Mysteries and appearing in The Tempest.
In 2009, the actor got their first film role in My Popcorn. In 2015, they were in Opus for All.
In 2011, they debuted on television in Marcus Garlard: A Necessary Option. The same year, they appeared in Hitting the Wall. In 2015, they were in Younger and Master of None.
In 2016, Dillon was in We’re All Gonna Die. The same year, Dillon was cast as Brandy Epps in Orange Is the New Black. This made them one of the first non-binary actors to achieve mainstream recognition and take roles in big productions. They had a recurring role and appeared in nineteen episodes.
In Season 2 of the drama Billions, Dillon played Taylor Mason, an intern, and a non-binary character as well. This was the first non-binary character on mainstream television in the U.S. After the second season, Mason became a regular cast member to stay with Billions until the present.
Other cast members seen in Billions include Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman, Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile, Condola Rashād, Daniel K. Isaac, Dan Soder, Jeffrey DeMunn, Kelly Aucoin, Zina Wilde, Stephen Kunken, Terry Kinney, Corey Stoll, Daniel Breaker and Glenn Fleshler.
In 2018, Dillon was cast in The Outside Story. The film would be released in 2020, and the actor played Inez.
In 2019, Dillon appeared as The Adjudicator in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. The same year, they had a voice role in The Simpsons. Since 2019 as well, Dillon has been involved with Gen:Lock.
Dillon has founded and is the director of MIRROR/FIRE Productions. It has created, among other things, US, a performance piece that is focused on themes of racism.
In 2020, Dillon released their first EP titled Handsomehands.
Dillon submitted for the Emmy Award as an actor, choosing actor because it was a gender-neutral word.
Dillon has been nominated for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards for their performance in Orange Is the New Black, the Screen Actors Guild Award for their work in Billions, and twice for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards for their work in Billions also.
Dillon was one of the first non-binary actors to play non-binary characters. Their character Mason, who shared this aspect of their identity, was first on mainstream television.
Queerty named Dillon one of the Pride50, that is, individuals who are paving the way for societal acceptance and equality for LGBTQ+ and are leaders in this area.
Dillon has been open about their non-binary identity, which has led to more acceptance of this gender identity in general, thanks to their roles and public discussions of what they experience.
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