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From Rolling Stone:   Ivory Aquino has been cast to portray Alysia Yeoh, the roommate and best friend of the titular superhero also known as Barbara Gordon, in upcoming   HBO Max   film   Batgirl , as   Variety  reports . Aquino’s character first appeared in a DC  Batgirl  issue by Gail Simone and artist Ardian Syaf in 2011. She will star opposite Leslie Grace’s Barbara Gordon. Both Aquino and Yeoh are  transgender . This is the first time a live-action film adaptation of a  DC Comics  movie will feature an openly trans character. In 2017, the Filipina actress portrayed transgender activist Cecilia Chung in the ABC miniseries,  When We Rise .

A Taste of Ivory

Ivory Aquino never thought there would be roles for a transgender girl from the Philippines, so she was prepared to give up on her childhood dream of being an actor. “I didn’t feel at that time that there were any roles I could do,” Aquino tells PEOPLE exclusively about her despair. So, with acting seemingly out of the question, Aquino decided to try her hand at becoming a singer. “With androgynous figures like David Bowie, I thought I could do music without thinking about gender,” she says in the upcoming issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. But after moving to the U.S. in her teens, and undergoing her gender confirmation surgery out of the country at age 26, Aquino had a revelation. “My outsides finally felt like my insides,” she says. “The first thought that came to mind was, ‘I can act again!’ ” Aquino, who stars as the trans activist Cecilia Chung in the ABC mini series, is still in the beginning of her acting career. For more, go here .