Harmony Santana

With no prior acting experience, Harmony Santana earned major buzz for her breakthrough performance as a male teenager who was trying to live openly as a girl and dealing with a disapproving father in the compelling ... Read more »

Filmography

Actor (1)

Gun Hill Road 2011 (Movie)

Michael Rodriguez (Actor)

Biography

With no prior acting experience, Harmony Santana earned major buzz for her breakthrough performance as a male teenager who was trying to live openly as a girl and dealing with a disapproving father in the compelling coming-out drama "Gun Hill Road" (2011). Santana's portrayal of Vanessa/Michael, a shy teenager undergoing a sexual transformation, was a case of art imitating life. Before being cast in the film, Santana also endured an estranged relationship with her own father, who disapproved of her lifestyle and identity crisis. After the film premiered, Santana appeared in two installments of the gay-themed film comedy series "Eating Out: Drama Camp" (2011) and "Eating Out: The Open Weekend" (2011). Yet, it was her searing performance in "Gun Hill Road" that earned her critical acclaim and made her an inspiration to people who shared her own transformative experiences.

Milestones

2011

Earned critical raves with her feature film debut in "Gun Hill Road," playing a teen in transition from a man to a woman; co-starred opposite Esai Morales as his father

2011

Reprised role in "Eating Out: The Open Weekend"

2011

Cast as Lilly in the fourth installment of the "Eating Out" film series "Eating Out: Drama Camp"

Bonus Trivia

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According to a New York Times article published on July 28, 2011, Santana (who was born male) began living full time as a woman in 2010.

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