Michael D. Cohen is revealing his truth.
The actor, 43, who plays Schwoz Schwartz on the popular Nickelodeon sitcom “Henry Danger”, has come out as transgender.
In a tell-all interview with Time magazine, Cohen revealed, “I was misgendered at birth. I identify as male, and I am proud that I have had a transgender experience — a transgender journey.”
According to Cohen, who was born in Winnipeg, his transition took place over 20 years ago, before his acting career took off.
“This crazy backlash and oppression of rights is happening right in front of me. I can’t stay silent,” he explained. “The level of — let’s be polite — misunderstanding around trans issues is so profound and so destructive. When you disempower one population, you disempower everybody.”
He began his career in Toronto, as a female playing female roles, before beginning to transition. By 2014, Cohen had a full-time Hollywood career with his recurring role in “Henry Danger”, its prequel “The Adventures of Kid Danger” and the Coen brothers’ film “Suburbicon” with Matt Damon.
“In my experience, I was born male. What my body said about it was irrelevant,” Cohen said. “No matter how hard I tried, it was not up for negotiation. Believe me, it would have been so convenient if I was actually a woman.”
Read more from Cohen here.