After a tumultuous two years as a transgender woman, Mia Jade is no longer a male, but is transitioning back to being a woman.
The 34-year-old actress, who has starred in a wide range of shows including Glee, Arrested Development, Grey’s Anatomy and Gossip Girl, was in Toronto for the premiere of her upcoming Netflix show, Glamour, on Thursday, where she spoke to the Huffington Post about her transition.
“I think the transition has been really great, I’m happy to be able to come out to the world as a woman, but it’s been hard,” Jade told HuffPost.
“I’ve always been a girl and I was always a girl growing up, but I think being a transgender person, I’ve always felt like I was a boy, so I’m always been in a struggle, but at the same time I have to deal with a lot of stuff that I’ve never had to deal in my life before.”
Jade told HuffPost that while she was able to transition before the show’s premiere, it was a bit of a struggle.
“For me it’s not really easy.
It’s not like I’m not trans enough.
It was kind of hard,” she said.
“When I started this I didn’t really think about it much.
But once I got it out there, I was like, ‘Oh my god, I am so grateful to have transitioned.'”
Jade said she started transitioning from her birth name, Jada Pink, to Mia Jade, because she felt like she was “missing out” on the male gender.
“In my head, I had been a female, but when I was younger I never really really felt like a woman,” she explained.
“So I started to feel like I had to really do some really important things, and that was like me trying to really figure out who I was.
It really helped me because I’m kind of a perfectionist.
And I had the whole thing, like I would do the makeup and I would look in the mirror and I had this image of what I looked like.
And then I would kind of come out and have this identity crisis.”
When she first transitioned, Jade said she was worried about how she would be perceived by others.
“You have to have a good relationship with your family and friends,” she continued.
“That’s why it’s so important for me to transition to be my authentic self.
But at the end of the day, it’s about myself.
People don’t know who I am until I’m on screen. “
People don’t really know me until I’ve transitioned.
People don’t know who I am until I’m on screen.
So I think it’s just important for people to understand that I’m really just a person.”
Jane also said she feels her transition was “just a matter of time.”
“I’m happy with my gender, and I feel really good about it,” she concluded.
“It’s just a matter, really, of time, and for me it has been a lot easier than I thought it would be.”