Emmerdale star Ash Palmisciano says his trans character Matty is under ‘a lot of pressure’ as the soap tackles toxic masculinity in new storyline
He’s been widely praised by fans for being the first transgender actor to enter the famous Dales.
And Emmerdale star Ash Palmisciano has revealed that his character Matty will be under a ‘lot of pressure’ as the soap tackles toxic masculinity in a new storyline.
Speaking on Thursday’s This Morning the actor, 29, also briefly touched on his shocking revelation that he had been brutally attacked in the past for being transgender himself, branding it ‘a lesson he had to learn quickly.’
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Surprising: Emmerdale star Ash Palmisciano has revealed that his trans character Matty will be under ‘a lot of pressure’ as the soap tackles toxic masculinity in a new storyline
Speaking about his role in the soap, Ash told Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford that after transitioning as an adult, Matty is struggling with the idea of being viewed as masculine, as he joins a local football team.
To try and fit in with his new ‘lad-like’ pals, Matty keeps his past a secret, but a nasty move on the football pitch could lead to secret being exposed in scenes set to air this week.
Ash explained: ‘Matty’s going through what a lot of lads go through a little bit younger in life.
‘He’s going through it a bit later where he’s got this pressure of, what sort of man is he going to be?’
Surprising: As he marks one year since joining the soap, the actor spoke to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on Thursday’s This Morning
Dramatic: Ash has earned for his performance as the first transgender character on Emmerdale (pictured above with Isobel Hodgins, who plays Victoria Barton)
Open: Ash explained that his character hides his transgender past as he tries to be seen as ‘more masculine’ on the local football team
The soap star then continued: ‘Is he going to be a Jack-the-lad, is he going to try and compete with them? And he puts himself through quite a lot of pressure because he wants to be liked. He wants to fit in.
‘And he meets these friends who are proper, typical Jack-the-lads. They’re disrespectful to women, they love a good beer or two, they’re violent, they don’t talk about their emotions, and Matty tries to be like them to fit in.
‘He thinks this is going to help him… [but] he’s a cheeky chappy. He’s a sensitive soul. So for me to play, it’s been a real difference in character.’
Ash earned praise from fans when he became the first transgender actor to land a role in Emmerdale, having previously been brought on as a consultant for the portrayal of its first trans character Matty, who had been known to fans as Moira Barton’s daughter Hannah.
Plot: He explained the role is ‘a real difference’ in character for him playing Matty, but said he thinks the ordeal will ‘help him’
Candid: Ash then explained that he hopes that one day his character won’t be defined as being trans and dealing with story lines around the issue
Important: The star also briefly touched on his recent revelation that he was ‘beaten in the streets’ for being transgender
The star said he hopes one day his character won’t be centre entirely around being trans, adding: ‘That’s exactly where I want to take the role.
‘I’m an uncle, I love a Chinese takeaway, I’m an actor, and I happen to be trans as well. And I think that that’s what I’m hoping for Matty, that he becomes his own character and he takes over the Woolpack – that would be really good!’
The star also briefly touched on his recent revelation that he had been ‘beaten in the streets until I can’t stand or see’ for being trans, in an interview with The Mirror earlier this month.
He said: ‘I remember when i first was walking home one night i had lads start on me and it’s a bit of a shock to the system. I don’t know if it was the trans thing on this account. It was a lesson I had to learn really quickly, and comments and stuff obviously.
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