“I think American cinema is a little ahead of French cinema, which is maybe afraid of talking about trans identity or doesn’t know how to calmly take it on.”
Born in 1996 in Liège, Belgium, Mya Bollaers initially studied business. In 2018, she responded to a casting call for the eponymous leading role of an 18-year-old transgender girl in Lola, the first feature film from the Belgian director Laurent Micheli. She was chosen from among over 50 candidates to play opposite Benoît Magimel, who portrayed her on-screen father. Laurent Micheli was won over by “her ability to express her story and emotions without any filters, to be like a tiny rough diamond, ready to be polished and shaped.” In 2020, Lola was nominated for the César Award for Best Foreign Film, and Mya Bollaers won the Magritte Award for Most Promising Actress. She will next appear in the mini-series Shadow Boxing directed by David Chausse for M6.