Daniela Sea is a filmmaker, musician, and actor, and is best known for her role as Moira/Max on Showtime's “The L Word.” Her years of traveling through Europe and Asia as a musician, renegade street theater performer, and farm worker, have cultivated within her a broad-minded and distinctive relationship with the world.
Sea has been acting in television, art movies, and feature films since 2006, when she won the role of Moira/Max Sweeney on “The L Word.” That character’s arc spanned the course of four years, through the show’s final season. In addition to her television work, John Cameron Mitchell cast Sea in his feature film “Shortbus,” and subsequently cast her in the two music videos he directed that year, Bright Eyes’ “First Day of My Life” and Scissor Sisters’s “Filthy/Gorgeous.” In 2009, Sea played a trans-man and activist on “Law and Order: SVU” and the following year, she took the part of a 1960s suburban housewife in Steve Balderson’s “The Casserole Club,” a feature film scheduled for release in 2011.
Sea continues to perform as a musician as well as an actor. In 2009 she and longtime friends Blake Schwarzenbach and Aaron Cometbus formed “Thorns of Life.” They toured the West Coast and played in New York City and Philadelphia from fall 2008 through winter 2009. Sea currently plays in an unnamed music project with Will Schwartz, performing in art museums and galleries such as the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Sea has also acted in art films, including roles in Amie Siegel’s “Black Moon” and Erika Vogt’s “Geometric Persecution.” A burgeoning filmmaker, Sea works in both avant-garde and narrative forms, and debuted her experimental short “Stick, Stick, Stuck” at Redcat Theater in 2010. She currently has a narrative feature in development.
Early Life and Travels
Sea was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Malibu. At sixteen, she and her then-boyfriend moved to Berkeley to join the city’s artist and activist scene. At nineteen, she joined Gilman Street-based punk band, the Gr’ups, with whom she toured the US and, later, Europe. There, she discovered the European anarchist squatter scene, and at twenty-one she and her collective began their travels across Europe and Asia. Over the next eight years, they performed renegade street theater, which incorporated circus acts and performance art, in leftist and fringe venues across Eastern Europe, such as at Ungdomshuset in Copenhagen Denmark, the Malta International Theater Festival in Poznan, Poland, and in each town square Sea and her collective traveled through. They also worked as activists as part of the Food Not Bombs movement, organizing soup kitchens in the streets of Wroclaw, Prague, Amsterdam, and other cities across Europe. During that time, Sea periodically broke away from the group to live and work the land with local farmers. The collective’s travels culminated in an overland year-long trek from Poland through India. While in India, Sea lived as a man:
“Pretty soon I realized that I could be a boy or girl—or I could seem to be a boy or a girl—depending on what I wore. And so it became...not really a game, but a way to operate—what would be best for the situation? It wasn’t without difficulties, to be so fluid. What I started to learn, I think pretty early on, was this intrinsic truth, which was that gender was pretty fluid, and it’s also a role that we chose to play. By the time I was in India all these years had passed, and it seemed I would have more freedom as a guy so I decided I would just be one. And then I could have access to talk to all different kinds of people, and feel free. I think this brings me back to acting because, through being able to inhabit these different gender roles, and also different identity roles—living as a Polish person or living as a person on the streets in these different countries or on farms—identity and gender all started to feel like a fluid thing that you could in some ways choose. Gender and identity became tools that I could use to explore the human condition and this exploration led me into acting as an art form.”
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