‘September Mornings’ – Liniker puts herself in trans singer character

Brazilian singer makes acting debut

Liniker of ‘September Mornings’ on Amazon

Q: Your role of Brazilian trans singer Cassandra in Amazon’s “September Mornings” was your first acting gig. How did you like the experience?

A: I liked it very much. Cassandra demanded a lot from me. It was a great (role), she’s a great character. She had many layers of drama, so it was a first role and a great challenge that I worked very hard at because it was very important for me to give life to such a real character. … It’s the reality of a lot of people in Brazil.

Q: What did you draw on to create the character?

A: I worked a lot and I had a coach following up who was incredible, who was very generous. He worked with the whole cast and he (helped build the characters). I studied a lot of lines. I looked at the character (as a human being) and the way that I wanted people to see her … . (The writers) gave a lot of space for me to bring my own experiences as a trans person, who could bring other perspectives and other experiences that only trans people and LGBTQ+ people can (bring forth) because they’re the ones that lived it.

Q: What elements of performing as a singer did you bring to your acting?

A: The fact that I’m a singer and an interpreter makes me understand Cassandra’s passion for music. But at the same time in my process of building the character as an actress, I didn’t want Cassandra to think as Liniker. I wanted Cassandra to think as Cassandra. So it was also a (case) of understanding how did the character sing? What were the ways that she had on the stage? … Because I had my method as a singer and songwriter as Liniker but I wanted the character to have her own ownership of this place.

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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