Wachowski Talks Sex Change

Jewish-Polish co-director of the Matrix films Lana Wachowski, who came out as transgender earlier this year, says she almost committed suicide as a young adult because of her identity struggles.

Speaking at a recent event for the Human Rights Campaign in San Francisco where she accepted the LGBT organisation’s Visibility Award, Wachowski talked about her difficult time at her Catholic school and said: “In the absence of words to defend myself, without examples, without models, I began to believe voices in my head – that I was a freak, that I am broken, that there is something wrong with me, that I will never be loveable”.

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Wachowski, Co-director of the forthcoming movie ‘Cloud Atlas,’ starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry (opens today), broke her silence on her traumatic childhood. She once suffered a physical beating at the hands of a Catholic school nun after she failed to join a line of boys and nearly committed suicide as a young adult before being stared down by a man who wandered onto an empty subway platform where Wachowski was standing. “I don’t know why he wouldn’t look away,” Wachowski told the crowd. “All I know is that because he didn’t, I am still here.”

Wachowski, 47, half of the sibling directing team behind The Matrix trilogy, was on hand to accept the Visibility Award for her recent decision to reverse a long-standing policy of eschewing press and public appearances and to openly acknowledge her transition — a word she said she dislikes “because of its complicity in a binary gender narrative” — to womanhood.

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Director Lana Wachowski and actor Tom Hanks speak onstage at the “Cloud Atlas” Press Conference during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

The movie ‘Cloud Atlas,’ directed by Lana and her brother Andy, today in theaters.