Portland actress Jenny Anastasoff’s face will be seen by a national television audience on Thursday night in a transgender equality campaign spot on the FOX News Channel during the final night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s the same night that presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump is set to speak.
The ad, produced and paid for by a coalition of LGBT groups under the banner Fairness USA, will air nationwide again on MSNBC during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia one week later.
It’s aimed at highlighting the lack of state and federal nondiscrimination protections for transgender people.
The one-minute commercial, released July 10 on YouTube, shows real-life transgender woman Alaina Kupec being denied access to the women’s restroom by a staff person at a restaurant. Anastasoff plays a sympathetic character greeting Kupec and inviting her into the restroom.
Anastasoff, a veteran of many local films, told BDN Portland she signed a non-disclosure agreement with Fairness USA and couldn’t reveal where or when the ad was filmed.
She did, however, share the piece on Facebook saying: “As an actress, I was cast and hired. As a trying-to-be-decent-and-kind human, I agree with its message, and would choose to help, same as my role here,” adding “…These few frames will probably be the biggest thing I ever act in, so it’s quite humbling, to be in the first nationally broadcast transgender civil rights ad. Wow. That said, I refrain from all politics on Facebook, I cannot abide the toxicity. The producers can speak to the issues, as experts. I’m just a humbled actress.”