Actress Lacy Lawson said she’s “not afraid of” what’s happening in the world, and she’s not just talking about the “darkness” that exists within the transgender community.
On Thursday, Lawson spoke with PEOPLE about what it was like growing up in an LGBT family, her transition, and what it’s like to have the “f***ing” word on your lips.
“I was a girl.
I’m a girl, and it’s weird to think that I was born this way.
I can’t imagine my life without it.
But I’m not scared of it.
It’s not something that’s going to make me a bad person,” Lawson said.
“It’s just a normal part of life.”
She also spoke about her upcoming film “Frozen,” which is scheduled to premiere in 2018.
“It’s an exciting time.
I love it.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it.
You can’t stop watching it.
And I’m just thrilled to be able to be on the other side,” Lawson told PEOPLE.”
Frozen” is based on the Disney film that follows Kristoff and Elsa as they make their way across the North Pole in a quest to save the world.
Lawson plays the lead role, which she said was a challenge in an industry that is often seen as a “boys club.”
“I wanted to play a character that I’m really proud of.
I really wanted to be in a world that is more accepting of people,” Lawson explained.
“And I think this is the best world that exists for me.
I’ve always been more accepting and open-minded than I’ve been in a long time.”
She said the movie was an “open door” to her, and now she can open up to the world without fear.
“I was always kind of shy.
And when I was younger, I would just shut up.
But now I’m open to everyone, so I don´t have to be shy anymore,” Lawson shared.
“This is the first time I’ve had to deal with anything that is uncomfortable in my life.”
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