The co-director of the hit movie franchise The Matrix, Andy Wachowski , has followed his famous brother’s lead in becoming a transgender woman.
The famed film maker made the announcement she’s now to be called Lilly four years after brother Larry Wachowski became Lana.
Under the the deadline “Sex Change Shocker – Wachowski Brothers Now Sisters!!!” she made the announcement in Chicago’s LGBT weekly Windy City Times on Tuesday.
Lilly’s statement came amid fears she was set to be outed after a journalist visited her at home on Monday night.
She referred to the approach as a “threatened public outing against my will” so decided to issue her own statement.
In the piece the 48-year-old wrote: “There’s the headline I’ve been waiting for this past year.
“Up until now with dread and/or eye rolling exasperation. The ‘news’ has almost come out a couple of times.
“Each was preceded by an ominous email from my agent (that) reporters have been asking for statements regarding the ‘Andy Wachowski gender transition’ story they were about to publish.
“In response to this threatened public outing against my will, I had a prepared a statement that was one part p***, one part vinegar and 12 parts gasoline.”
She continued: “It had a lot of politically relevant insights regarding the dangers of outing trans people, and the statistical horrors of transgender suicide and murder rates.
“Not to mention a slightly sarcastic wrap-up that ‘revealed’ my father had injected praying mantis blood into his paternal ball-sac before conceiving each of his children to produce a brood of super women, hellbent on female domination.
“Okay, mega sarcastic.”
In her piece Lilly touched on the struggles faced by the transgender community.
“We continue to be demonised and vilified in the media where attack ads portray us as potential predators to keep us from even using the goddamn bathroom,” she added.
“So yeah, I’m transgender. And yeah, I’ve transitioned,” she said, adding that she is out to her wife, family and friends.
Known together professionally as the Wachowskis and formerly as the Wachowski Brothers, the pair made their directing debut in 1996 with Bound, and reached fame with their second film The Matrix in 1999 starring Keanu Reeves.
They wrote and directed its two sequels: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both in 2003, becoming heavily involved in the writing and production of other works in the franchise.
Lana, 50, came out publicly as a transgender woman in 2012.
The Wachowskis are siblings, partners in Hollywood, and, most important, each other’s support system.
Lilly Wachowski, 48, came out as transgender on Tuesday, saying that she feels lucky “having the support of my family.” Lilly’s sister Lana, directing partner for films like The Matrix trilogy and 2015’s Jupiter Ascending, is also a transgender woman.
While the pair’s journey to and through Hollywood success has been an interesting one, they were always by each other’s sides.
As children, Lana and Lilly grew up with their two sisters in Chicago. Early on, the pair developed an affinity for film, and would spend hours with their parents at the cinema.
“I have a formative memory of walking through the girls’ line and hesitating, knowing that my clothes didn’t match,” Lana said of Catholic school. “But as I continued on I felt I did not belong in the other line, so I just stopped in between them. I stood for a long moment with everyone staring at me, including the nun. She told me to get in line. I was stuck – I couldn’t move. I think some unconscious part of me figured I was exactly where I belonged: betwixt.”
After college, Lana and Lilly started a construction business while still indulging their love of writing for film, they told The New Yorker. Following their success, first with Assassins, and then Bound, the construction was left behind – and Lana was feeling less and less like “Larry.”
It was on the set of the second and third parts of The Matrix trilogy that the then-recently separated Lana told her family she was transgender.
“For years, I couldn’t even say the words ‘transgendered’ or ‘transsexual,’ “Lana told The New Yorker. “When I began to admit it to myself, I knew I would eventually have to tell my parents and my brother and my sisters. This fact would inject such terror into me that I would not sleep for days. I developed a plan that I worked out with my therapist. It was going to take three years. Maybe five. A couple of weeks into the plan, my mom called.”
But her family, including mom Lynne and sister Lilly, who was then going by the name Andy, were on board. (“Having good parents is just like the lottery,” she said in 2012.)
“My biggest fears were all about losing my family. Once they accepted me, everything else has been a piece of cake,” she said.
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The famously private pair, who also co-directed Cloud Atlas and created the Netflix series Sense8, often avoid premieres and press (Lana insisted during a 2012 speech that it has nothing to do with her gender), with Lilly revealing this week that she finds “talking about my art frustratingly tedious and talking about myself a wholly mortifying experience.”
Regardless, she said, “I knew at some point I would have to come out publicly. You know, when you’re living as an out transgender person it’s … kind of difficult to hide.”
She shared in a statement to the Windy City Media Group on Wednesday that she decided to speak out.
“My reality is that I’ve been transitioning and will continue to transition all of my life, through the infinite that exists between male and female as it does in the infinite between the binary of zero and one,” she said. “We need to elevate the dialogue beyond the simplicity of binary. Binary is a false idol.”
In addition to Lana’s guidance, Lilly said that she is grateful to have “the means to afford doctors and therapists” to help her “survive this process.”