Former Plus cover star Alexandra Billings is joining the Broadway company of Wicked as Madame Horrible, making history as the first out trans actress to play the role.
Billings is fresh from her starring role as Davina in Amazon’s Transparent. A staunch activist most of her life, Billings, who is open about living with HIV and continues to blaze a trail for trans actors in Hollywood, has always utilized the power of art to push culture forward.
“I was raised around queers,” Billings said to Plus in 2017. “My whole life has been just gay, it couldn’t be gayer. For the longest time, it was hard for me to be around [heteronormative people]. I didn’t really understand them. The bullying that I endured when I was young was very confusing to me because I would visit my father every summer and be around the LGBT clan and I was like, ‘I don’t understand. This [queer] world is much kinder and these are supposed to be the ostracized? This doesn’t make any sense.’”
A prominent star of stage and screen, Billings’s life was documented in the 2009 Emmy Award-nominated PBS doc Schoolboy to Showgirl: The Alexandra Billings Story. She also shared her life story in the touring off-Broadway autobiographical show, Before I Disappear.
Wicked will be her second Broadway show. Billings first debuted on Broadway in Richard Bean’s The Nap in 2018. She has appeared in numerous regional productions, like S/He & Me, Seussical, Berlin Circle, A Doll's House, Trojan Women, Gypsy, Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Time to Burn, Hamlet! The Musical! and Before I Disappear.
Billings will land in Oz starting January 20, 2020.