Saturday, May 18, 2024

TV: Showtime Series “Billions” Seeks First Ever Non-Binary Actor for Recurring Role


EXCLUSIVE You know, I love “Billions” on Showtime. The Brian Koppelman-David Levien drama stars Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis.

Now, for the second season, “Billions” breaks new ground. They’re looking for a non-binary actor.

A new character called, Taylor, I am told, is described in casting notices around town “as any ethnicity, Female-born Gender Non-binary (Please Google ‘Gender Non binary’ if you don’t know what it is). Early 20s. Brilliant grad student, smartest person in every room. Recurring Role. Multiple episode arc. Must be available and living in New York City.”

Where else would they be? When I read it fast I thought it said granary, and this was a gluten free thing. Alas, it’s something else.

According to the interweb:

Non-binary gender (see also genderqueer) describes any gender identity which does not fit within the binary of male and female. Those with non-binary genders can feel that they:

  • Have an androgynous (both masculine and feminine) gender identity, such as androgyne.
  • Have an identity between male and female, such as intergender.
  • Have a neutral or non-existant gender identity, such as agender or neutrois.
  • Have multiple gender identities, such as bigender or pangender.
  • Have a gender identity which varies over time, known as genderfluid.
  • Have a weak or partial connection to a gender identity, known as demigender.
  • Be intersex and identify as intersex, know as amalgagender
  • Have a culturally specific gender identity which exists only within the culture they or their ancestors belong to.
  • Otherwise feel that their gender is neither fully male nor fully female.

Well. It means neither female nor male. “Billions” is cutting edge, and I fully expect it to receive a lot of Emmy nominations. That last episode of season 1 is still seared in my memory. Can’t wait to see what’s next!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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