Trans Actress Michelle Hendley on Boy Meets Girl

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Quirky romantic comedy Boy Meets Girl has racked up an impressive amount of critical acclaim while sweeping FilmOut Festival. Now, this poignant film starring out transgender actress Michelle Hendley is available for rental on KizzTV

Quirky romantic comedy Boy Meets Girl has racked up an impressive amount of critical acclaim while sweeping FilmOut Festival. Now, this poignant film starring out transgender actress Michelle Hendley is available for rental on KizzTV

Filmed and set in a rural Kentucky town, the story follows Ricky (played by Michelle Hendley) and Robby (played by Michael Welch, Twilight Series) who have been friends since they were 6-years-old. Now in their early twenties, Robby, the epitome of a rural southern car mechanic and Ricky, a cute trans girl who works in a coffee shop and dreams of being a fashion designer, push through their mundane days and lament their limited dating possibilities.
When beautiful debutante Francesca (played by Alexandra Turshen) comes back home to visit, Ricky finds herself drawn to the other woman, forcing Robby to contemplate how he feels about this. To complicate the story further, Francesca’s soldier fiancĂ© returns from his military tour in Afghanistan to find out that, much to his disapproval, Ricky and Francesca have become close friends.

As the story unfolds and their lives begin to intersect, the four have to deal with identity, sexuality, frustration, and finally a realization of who they are and what they want out of life.
Boy Meets Girl is a sex-positive love story that crosses all gender lines, director Eric Schaeffer (If Lucy Fell, Never Again, Mind the Gap) tells The Advocate. In a time when most movies dealing with trans-themed plots are casting cisgender (nontrans) actors, Schaeffer has intentionally cast an unknown trans woman for the leading role. The Advocate caught up with him and lead actress Michelle Hendley to learn more.
The Advocate: I watched Boy Meets Girl this week and I have to say, “Wow that was incredibly real.”

Michelle Hendley: I’m so glad the film rang true for you! It was of the utmost importance to the Boy Meets Girl crew to create a story that felt authentic to the trans experience.
Previous to your acting career, you had a YouTube channel where you shared your transition details. Do you feel that helped you prepare to be in front of a camera as an actress?
Yes! It seems silly to think that a bunch of YouTube videos would help prepare me for my film debut, but it definitely cut my nerves in front of the camera a bit.
Boy Meets Girl is your first feature film. How did you get involved in the project?
Eric [Schaefer, the director] found me via YouTube and told me about his project. At first I thought he was just some dude on the Internet with creepy intentions, but after checking out his [page on] Internet Movie Database and Skyping with him I realized he was a real deal director. I was very excited to be a part of the movie.

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