8 Actors Who Brilliantly Transform Into Opposite Genders on Screen

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Cinema is a world where actors boldly cross the gender divide, leaving audiences both intrigued and confused. It’s like a game of “Guess Who?” where the answer is always “Surprise, it’s me, in a dress!” Let’s celebrate these boundary-breaking thespians who fearlessly challenge societal norms and give us a reason to giggle in disbelief.

1. Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler starred in the 2011 comedy film Jack and Jill. In the movie, Sandler plays dual roles as Jack Sadelstein, a successful advertising executive, and his twin sister Jill Sadelstein, who visits him for Thanksgiving and overstays her welcome. The film revolves around the comedic interactions and misadventures between Jack and Jill. It also features other notable actors like Katie Holmes and Al Pacino.

2. Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand starred in and directed the 1983 musical film Yentl. Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story, the film follows the story of Yentl Mendel, a young Jewish woman in early 20th-century Poland. Yentl disguises herself as a man to study religious texts, a pursuit typically reserved for men at the time. Streisand played the lead role of Yentl and co-wrote the film’s screenplay.

3. Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks starred in the TV sitcom Bosom Buddies, where he played the lead role of Kip Wilson. The series revolved around two single men who, to afford an apartment in a women-only building, dress up in drag and assume the identities of Buffy and Hildegarde. They lead double lives, balancing their personal and professional relationships while keeping their true identities a secret. Bosom Buddies helped launch Tom Hanks’ acting career, showcasing his comedic talents and leading to his subsequent success in film and television.

4. Dustin Hoffman

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Dustin Hoffman is known for his role in the 1982 film Tootsie, portraying a character of the opposite gender. In the movie, Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, a talented but struggling actor who disguises himself as a woman named Dorothy Michaels to land a role in a soap opera.

5. Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank won an Academy Award for her role in Boys Don’t Cry (1999). She played Brandon Teena, a transgender man, and her transformation was hailed for its authenticity and emotional depth.

6. Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry created the character Madea, an outspoken and larger-than-life African American woman whom he has portrayed in various films and stage plays. Madea has become one of Perry’s most iconic and beloved characters.

7. Harvey Fierstein

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In 2002, Fierstein portrayed the lead role of Edna Turnblad in the original Broadway production of the musical Hairspray. The show, with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman, tells the story of a young girl named Tracy Turnblad who dreams of dancing on a popular TV show and advocates for racial integration in the 1960s Baltimore. Fierstein’s performance as Edna, Tracy’s mother, was highly acclaimed.

8. Angelina Jolie

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In the film Salt, Angelina Jolie’s character, Evelyn Salt, disguises herself as a male colonel as part of her efforts to evade capture and prove her innocence. This adds another layer of complexity and intrigue to the story as she utilizes her skills and resourcefulness to navigate through the intense situations she encounters while on the run.

These actors’ performances showcase their incredible skills and contribute to a broader dialogue on gender and identity. Through their work, they continue to push boundaries and inspire future generations of actors and audiences alike. And just by that, we have a list of actors who got candid about playing their famous roles.

Angelina Jolie’s unique parenting approach is revealed in her six unconventional rules that prioritize experiential learning, freedom of expression, and celebrating diversity. Her approach to parenting is rooted in love, understanding, and respect for individuality.

Preview photo credit Gilbert Flores/Broadimage/Broad Image/East News, Salt / Columbia Pictures and co-producers

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