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Cristina Bugatty

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Written by Artemide De Blanc
Photos by Luca De Nardo


The goddess fortune sees well but only if you are not afraid

The Transvelina. The Venetian-Bulgarian presenter ‘Transviata’. Countess Debronge, racist and misogynist, the (un)healthy bearer of hatred who in paradox reveals the hypocrisy in which society is enveloped. Cristina Bugatty manages to mock every cliché with class.

“Let’s face it: by and large, life is a clown’s game. I realised this when a teacher of mine at the acting academy told us ‘if you fail you will end up advertising on Channel 5’ and after some time I caught him on TV.

We live by slogans, they are all against anorexia but then for the shoots they take a size 36. And with regard to transsexuals -behind an open facade- there is a system that does not offer serious roles, that places you in the usual cliché of the little character, afflicted with psychic problems, relegated to the confines of reality.

Yet I know transwomen who are lawyers, nurses, dentists, but you never see them on TV and in the cinema they do not anthropologically represent our society.

How did you get out of the cliché cage?
Let’s face it. I had a family that always supported me. And I never stopped out of fear. If I had not been myself, I would be very unhappy today. But luckily it wasn’t like that…

I was not a child of art, I started in an acting school. Then I met wonderful people like Francesco Micheli, who became a dear friend. In the end, if I had to take stock, it was always willpower that helped me.

Do you judge a book by its cover?
Yes it does! I know I’m uncomfortable but I’ve always played the game by not giving a damn about clichés: notary boyfriends, Rotary acquaintances, let’s say I created controlled scandals…and I proved that mine were not preconceived notions. They were the greatest moralists and upright citizens ‘in the right’…asking me to seclude ourselves in the bathroom during dinners, when the wives were distracted.

What’s your best talent?
Optimism, it saved me. When I was a blond-haired, efebrile, reassuring teenager and became a woman, I realised that people reacted differently even though I expressed the same concepts. First you would hear them say ‘your faggot friend’ with mockery and then they would hit on you. I always chose not to act in life, I renounced important parts so as not to fall into the usual portrayal of the prostitute to which we are relegated, instead bartending for a thousand euros.

Does the goddess of fortune exist?
For me came Ozpetek’s, perhaps my best experience, not so much for the popularity as for my initial fear of not being in tune with the actors, being mainly a thespian; but as soon as we started acting I realised it was a groundless fear. It was also wonderful doing Shakespeare’s Violetta at Franco Parenti with Luca Francesconi, I played the queen of the night.

Has the LGBT movement changed anything?
Certainly the movement has contributed a lot to change things. But in my opinion it would be useful at this time to abandon group personalism and fight together for rights and freedoms.  Monica J. Romano, activist, Italian political writer and the first transgender person elected to the city council in Milan, understood this well. Thanks to her and to people who want to build instead of divide the world will be a better place, too bad they are still few. For now, as I always say, we are enveloped in too many disgusting Matrioskas..

 Matrioskas?
Oh yes, society lives by clichés. Are you obese and a lesbian? Two matryoshkas. It’s the stereotypes, placed one inside the other, that produce preconceptions. The men who approach me tend to be interested in sex, not in building something. One of my most constructive recent experiences was meeting with the students of Bocconi, Cattolica and Statale di Milano, to explain my points of view and tell them about my life in the business world. I chose to be what I felt 100%.  If everyone stopped judging others and didn’t give a damn about others’ judgment, the various matrioskas would soon dissolve .

Does the goddess of fortune exist?
For me came Ozpetek’s, perhaps my best experience, not so much for the popularity as for my initial fear of not being in tune with the actors, being mainly a thespian; but as soon as we started acting I realised it was a groundless fear. It was also wonderful doing Shakespeare’s Violetta at Franco Parenti with Luca Francesconi, I played the queen of the night.

Has the LGBT movement changed anything?
Certainly the movement has contributed a lot to change things. But in my opinion it would be useful at this time to abandon group personalism and fight together for rights and freedoms.  Monica J. Romano, activist, Italian political writer and the first transgender person elected to the city council in Milan, understood this well. Thanks to her and to people who want to build instead of divide the world will be a better place, too bad they are still few. For now, as I always say, we are enveloped in too many disgusting Matrioskas..

Matrioskas?
Oh yes, society lives by clichés. Are you obese and a lesbian? Two matryoshkas. It’s the stereotypes, placed one inside the other, that produce preconceptions. The men who approach me tend to be interested in sex, not in building something. One of my most constructive recent experiences was meeting with the students of Bocconi, Cattolica and Statale di Milano, to explain my points of view and tell them about my life in the business world. I chose to be what I felt 100%.  If everyone stopped judging others and didn’t give a damn about others’ judgment, the various matrioskas would soon dissolve.

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