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Meet August Aiden, the Trans Star of 'The Village'

Aiden August

The trans actor was the star and made his debut in Wrabel's 'The Village.'

For August Aiden getting cast for the lead role The Village was crazy random. “Dano [Cery], the director, actually found me on Instagram," he reveals.

"I had just  found the confidence to start using hashtags such as actor, trans actor, model, etc., and within 24 hours I received a call. I sent in a self-tape audition, got the role and we started shooting that week.”  

Aiden has been drawn to acting since he was a kid, but The Village was actually his first real role.

According to People: Wrabel (né Stephen Wrabel) wrote the song the day after President Donald Trump removed federal protections for transgender students in public schools in February [of 2017], and he immediately thought of two of his biggest fans who are trans teenagers.

“It broke my heart,” Wrabel said. “I was on my way to the studio and I sat down with two of my good friends and said, ‘Can we try to write something for these two kids?’ I sent it to them and my managers and they agreed that I needed to put it out.”

Ironically, being cast in the video solved Aiden's one big problem that held him back from really acting. “I couldn't see myself as a woman on the big screen. I wasn't comfortable in my skin. So, I put it on the sideline and focused on other sides of the production industry. When I finally confronted myself and my gender identity, the acting dream came flooding back and it all made sense.”  

Aiden is openly trans.

Does he represent himself solely as a trans actor? “No, but that part of me is something I am proud of. The goal is to be a working actor who happens to also be trans.  I can’t say I have faced too many Issues yet. It’s complicated. Being pre-top surgery makes going out for cis roles a lot more difficult. Hopefully in the near future this isn’t something I will have to worry about.”

Aiden was born in Portsmouth, Rhode Island and grew up with his five siblings. "My older brother, sister, and I were raised on snowboards. I started competing around five-years-old. On the east coast we bounced around in middle school until we moved to Utah. From there I was homeschooled from 4th grade to 7th."

In 2008 he started at the Winter Sports School, a high school geared to competitive winter athletes. Unfortunately due to an injury snowboarding,  "that was no longer possible as part of my path. So I took to Los Angeles to see what else was out there, and here I am still figuring life out one day at a time."

For now, Aiden is keeping his nose to the grind stone. 

We can’t wait to see what he does next.

Watch The Village below.

Photos by Jo Valerio.

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