The Weber School's online student newspaper

The RamPage

Priceless representation

Taylor+%28Asia+Kate+Dillon%29+and+Bobby+%28Damian+Lewis%29+discuss+business+strategies+at+Axe+Capital.
Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) and Bobby (Damian Lewis) discuss business strategies at Axe Capital.

Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) and Bobby (Damian Lewis) discuss business strategies at Axe Capital.

CBS Television

CBS Television

Taylor (Asia Kate Dillon) and Bobby (Damian Lewis) discuss business strategies at Axe Capital.

Mattie Rosen, Web Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






On the new Showtime series “Billions,” Asia Kate Dillon plays Taylor, an intern at the hedge fund company Axe Capital. Since their first appearance on the show, Taylor has become more powerful in the company. Their knowledge and insight into business dealings even shocks the owner of Axe Capital, billionaire Bobby Axelrod (played by Damian Lewis).

“‘Billions’ is not the first television series to present a character within the transgender community, however it is one of the first of its kind to keep those ‘coming out’ and ‘rejection’ tropes from Taylor’s character arc.”

Representation has never been as important as it is today, which is why the new character on the hit Showtime series “Billions” is incredibly relevant. Not only is “Billions” acknowledging the “third gender” with Taylor, the first non-binary character to appear on such a widely-viewed network, but they also hired Asia Kate Dillon, who identifies as non-binary, just like their character. In popular media, it is a great rarity that a transgender character is played by a transgender actor. Dillon told the Huffington Post that they “feel a particular responsibility to portray members of [their] community on stage and on screen, not only as fully fleshed-out characters who are integral to the plot, but as characters whose gender identity is just one of many parts that make up the whole person.”

“Billions” is not the first television series to present a character within the transgender community, however it is one of the first of its kind to keep those “coming out” and “rejection” tropes from Taylor’s character arc. In fact, when Taylor first introduces themselves to Bobby Axelrod, they state their name and pronouns without the blink of an eye from anyone in the room. “Billions” is introducing the idea of normalizing non-binary people in the world: a ground-breaking feat that could open the door for more transgender characters to live out their televised stories without the cliche “family struggles” and “relationship issues” that are presented in popular shows such as “Orange is the New Black” and “Transparent.”

“‘Billions’ is introducing the idea of normalizing non-binary people in the world.”

Additionally, Asia Kate Dillon’s success with the series offers a sense of power for the transgender community to grab onto. Hopefully, with the first step “Billions” has taken, television shows and movies will consider hiring more transgender and non-binary actors. As more people in the transgender community make their presences known, there is a greater chance at normalizing transgender people and possibly decreasing rates of the transgender violence that rotates through our news cycles too often.

To check out “Billions,” tune in to Showtime on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Visit the “Billions” website for more information.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Leave a Comment

Comments are closed.

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • Priceless representation

    Arts & Culture

    This Year’s Winter Fashion

  • Priceless representation

    Arts & Culture

    Styles of writing: MLA, AP and Chicago NB

  • Priceless representation

    Arts & Culture

    It’s the great pumpkin, Weber Rams

  • Priceless representation

    Arts & Culture

    Yearlong project for juniors: American Humanities Experience

  • Priceless representation

    Arts & Culture

    Event brings top journalists to Atlanta

  • Priceless representation

    Arts & Culture

    Supreme Court justice, senator among authors at upcoming book festival

  • Priceless representation

    Arts & Culture

    Where are they now: Weber valedictorians

  • Priceless representation

    Arts & Culture

    Sukkot: a look inside the hut

  • Priceless representation

    Arts & Culture

    Pumpkin everything: fall edition

  • Priceless representation

    Arts & Culture

    Students go crazy over Music Midtown