Neely Bardwell and Kristen Lilya from Native News Online invited Elva Guerra to the show this past weekend on Native Bidaské (Spotlight).
On the popular FX series Reservation Dogs, which debuted last summer, Guerra portrays Jackie. Guerra is a two-spirit Indigenous actor who first gained recognition when they auditioned for the programme under the impression that they would just be playing background roles. Since then, they have advanced greatly in their acting career, and we can anticipate seeing more of their character in Reservation Dogs’ just released Season Two.
Guerra spoke to us about their experience as a two-spirit actor during the Native Bidaské portion.
It was difficult for Guerra to accept that she was nonbinary, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and attempting to make a living as an actor at the same time. “It’s almost like all of these things may be at fault to my career,” Guerra said. “I genuinely tried to incorporate a small amount of myself into Jackie, including her attire. She has a very androgynous haircut,
During my first audition when I was 16 years old, it was my hairstyle. Sterlin Harjo had me project myself onto the screen because she wanted that hairdo on me. It was a tiny amount of revealing my identity to the world without actually stating it.
Jackie is not nonbinary or two-spirit, but I am portraying her and speaking through her on-screen so that other two-spirit people can understand that you can act and that you can be in this situation. It demonstrates to them that it is feasible.
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