AceShowbiz - Asia Kate Dillon has been stealing scenes as Taylor Mason on Showtime's "Billions" and the network is fully aware of that. When the cast members and crew attended Deadline's The Contenders Emmy Event, they announced that the performer had secured a series regular role for upcoming third season of "Billions".
"We read a lot of parts for this but Asia came in and completely blew us away," executive producer Brian Koppleman said during the panel at the DGA Theater.
Dillon plays the very first gender non-binary character on a TV drama. Dillon's character in the second season of the series is an introspective financial wunderkind. Taylor helps Damian Lewis' Bobby Axelrod scheme his way to fame and fortune.
Earlier this month, Dillon challenged Emmys male-female categories. However, when the network asked Dillon which category Dillon wanted to be submitted under, Dillon needed to give it some thought. Dillon later sent an impassioned letter to the Academy which reads, "I'd like to know if in your eyes 'actor' and 'actress' denote anatomy or identity and why it is necessary to denote either in the first place? The reason I'm hoping to engage you in a conversation about this is because if the categories of 'actor’ and 'actress' are in fact supposed to represent 'best performance by a person who identifies as a woman' and 'best performance by a person who identifies as a man' then there is no room for my identity within that award system binary. Furthermore, if the categories of 'actor' and 'actress' are meant to denote assigned sex I ask, respectfully, why is that necessary?"
After much deliberation, Dillon made a final decision. "Given the choice between actor and actress, actor is a non-gendered word that I use. That's why I chose actor," Dillon revealed.
During Deadline's The Contenders Emmy, Dillon talked about the matter. "They've been totally kosher about the whole thing," Dillon said of the Academy. The performer added, "They've been nothing but supportive and their message of inclusivity has been really, really wonderful."