Pixar Animation Studios, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Studios, has released a casting call seeking someone to portray a “14-year-old transgender female” in an upcoming cartoon.
The studio is seeking someone who can “authentically portray” the character.
“Pixar is casting a youth voice-over role for an upcoming animated project. The character, Jess, is a 14-year-old transgender girl. She’s compassionate, funny, and always has your back,” the casting call says.
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The ad continues on to say that they are “looking for actresses 12-17 years old who: Are enthusiastic, outgoing, funny, and energetic. Feel comfortable acting in front of a microphone. Can authentically portray a 14-year-old transgender girl.”
The call says that if you know someone who fits the description, her “legal guardian” should contact them.
Pixar has made several controversial shorts in the past, including the film “Out” which featured the company’s first openly gay protagonist who struggles to share his “sexual identity” with his parents.