Yasmin Finney in “Heartstopper”Photo: screenshot from Netflix
Yasmin Finney – the 19-year-old British transgender actress who plays Elle Argent in the Netflix drama series Heart stroke and who will soon play a companion role in science fiction Doctor Who series – revealed in a recent interview that her former bullies are now praising her for her success on social media.
“Being a black trans woman, I was forced to grow up early,” Finney recently said British vogue magazine.
Growing up as a poor, black, queer girl, she had bullies, including “football players who would trip her up and push her down the halls, call her names and make flabby wrist impressions,” said writes the fashion publication.
Finney grew up wanting to wear girl’s clothes, wearing a pink tutu around her family home and hating changing in the boys’ locker room. She used Google to search for topics on femininity, why she felt like a girl, and why she had a penis. During her specialization exams in high school, she showed up wearing a skirt.
Years later, she gained an online following by sharing her transition on video-sharing app TikTok. She now has over 1.8 million followers. Although she sometimes receives negative comments on her social media posts, some of her former bullies have written to encourage her emergence as a television actress.
“I don’t hold a grudge, but you know,” she laughed. “It’s crazy to think how much the script has been flipped.”
“All the people who doubted me, they don’t have anything on me anymore, you know? It’s not that I did it for them, but it’s like the icing on the cake,” she added. “I just like knowing that people realize that everything I did from a young age, I wasn’t wrong. Everything I did was perfectly fine.
British TV creator Russell Davies, who serves as showrunner for Doctor Who, told the publication that he cast Finney after “stealing the show” during his audition. He said it’s been “educating…to see someone attract such attention – and let’s face it, such enmity – with grace and wit and a wonderful smile.”
Finney said of his casting at NBC News“If someone had told 8-year-old Yasmin that one day she would be part of this iconic show, I would never have believed it in a million years. This show has a place in the hearts of so many. of people, so being seen as a trans actress by the legend himself Russell, didn’t just make my year, it made my life.
Finney recently moved into her first flat in Manchester, England’s ‘gay village’, where she will celebrate her 20th birthday with her chosen queer family.
“Now I can give myself the childhood fantasy and raise myself the way I should have been,” she told the magazine.