Doctor Who’s Yasmin Finney opens up about family reaction to her being trans: ‘A rocky journey’
Doctor Who star and trans trailblazer Yasmin Finney has spoken about the “rocky” relationship with her mother growing up, and explained why she broke away from the majority of her family.
Yasmin Finney is still only 19 years old and a couple of roles into her career, but she has experienced more than most celebrities.
In a new interview with GQ, the actress has delved a little into her background, and opened up about her connection with her mother and wider family.
“It’s been a rocky journey,” she said of her relationship with her mother, though she stressed that the pair are now close.
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While Finney explained that it took a “while” for her mother to accept her being trans, “eventually she accepted me, and accepts me” – and now “it’s like I was never born male to her”.
In terms of her father, Finney revealed that she doesn’t “know much” about him and they have never met, though it doesn’t matter too much to her.
“It is what it is,” she said. “I’ve been surrounded by empowered Black women my whole life. Do you even need a dad? Look where I am without one.”
Despite having a good relationship with her mother and sister, Finney explained that she doesn’t speak to the majority of her family.
“My family are very Catholic, so they have a ‘one rule for all’ situation, and I kind of just broke from that, as did my mum,” she told the publication. “I feel like my family lives this life of being cautious of everything; if anything was slightly out of place, too this, too that, they’d hate that.”
It’s not the first time Finney has discussed her family’s religion and how it impacted her childhood and youth as a trans person.
In an interview with ELLE earlier this year, the star – who will jump headfirst through time and space as Rose in Russell T Davies’ new episodes of Doctor Who – shared that she felt like she had “absolutely no one” to lean on for support when she was younger.
“I barely fit into my normal day-to-day world as a young kid. I’m definitely not gonna fit in this family that is super-religious,” she explained.
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