She-Hulk’s Tatiana Maslany says late trans icon Sophie inspired her Marvel hero
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law star Tatiana Maslany has revealed how late trans icon Sophie inspired her performance as the green-skinned superhero.
Sophie was a Grammy-nominated producer and experimental pop musician who died last year, aged 34, after a climbing accident in Greece.
Maslany, who plays the Marvel superhero She-Hulk in the new Disney+ series, told Variety: “Musically, Sophie just lives in this place that I always want to live in, but there’s a poppiness and femininity combined with these clashing industrial sounds.”
In the series Maslany plays Jennifer Walters, a human lawyer who turns into She-Hulk. The show focuses on how she deals with her shifting body.
Speaking about how Sophie’s music reflects this struggle, she added: “Her music video ‘Faceshopping’ was all about skin, commodification of body and being separated into different parts, and that all felt thematically and spiritually connected.”
Tatiana Maslany has shown up as a trans ally during promotion for the new series.
In July, Marvel released a promotional She-Hulk video that featured Maslany wearing a cropped sweatshirt with the phrase “Support Trans Futures”.
Speaking about her decision to wear the sweatshirt she told Los Angeles Times: “I’m aware of what reach images like that have and I’m aware that there have been bills passed in Florida that Disney has been connected to in terms of providing money to [politicians that passed] anti-LGBTQ bills.
“I know how little it costs me to do something like that. I’m incredibly privileged and I’m very fortunate to have the platform I do.
“And I’m very supportive of people who are fighting on the ground for LGBTQ rights. That community means a lot to me and if there’s any way that I can continue to voice my allyship then I’ll do it.”
She-Hulk: Attorney At Law, starring Tatiana Maslany and Jameela Jamil, is now available on Disney+.