Trace Lysette

Inside Biography

American transgender actress Trace Lysette made her TV debut in 2013 and grabbed wide recognition shortly after portraying Shea in Transparent (2014-19). Throughout her career journey, she has more than 18 acting credits with notable TV works in Blunt Talk, Drunk History, and Pose. Moreover, she has worked in music videos for Girls Like You (2018, by Maroon 5) and SOS (2018, by Cher).

No doubt, Trace's acting prominence has changed the course of her life, but it was not a smooth way through. Before on-screen recognition, she worked as a stripper & had to go through a lot for being transgender.

What Is Trace Lysette's Age and Height?

Born on October 2, 1987, in Lexington, Kentucky, Lysette is an American by nationality. Raised in Dayton, Ohio, Trace has remained a New Yorker for most of her life. As of nowshe is 35 years old and has a height of 5 feet 8 inches.

Not much about her family members is out; reportedly, Trace was estranged from her family after gender transition & embraced the warm welcome of the New York ball culture scene for a brief time period. So far, she has yet to reveal her real name. 

Early Career & Gender Transition

During her early teens, Trace Lysette was a track athlete and performed as a showgirl in bars and clubs in Ohio. After high school, she moved to New York and began working in Bloomingdale.

While there were restrictions for Lysette (before surgery) to use the ladies' restroom, she was promoted to undergo gender change surgery in Thailand. But the further detail of her surgery including the year is yet to be out.

After that, Lysette auditioned for strip clubs & worked as a stripper for 8 years in Manhattan.

On-Screen Breakthrough From 'Transparent'

It was in 2007 when Trace found her interest in acting and subsequently, began studying & training in acting studios. But the largely competitive acting industry didn't bestow her on-screen roles immediately.

In 2013, Lysette got a TV debut as a guest-cast Lila in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, being the first trans people to appear in a non-trans speaking role in prime TV. She got her career breakthrough after portraying transgender yoga teacher Shea in Transparent (2014-19, 11 episodes) starring Jeffrey Tambor, Gaby Hoffmann, Jay Dupla s s, and Amy Landecker.

Trace Lysette at 68th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2016; got career breakthrough from the TV series Transparent  SOURCE: IMDB

With brief TV works in I Am Cait (2015) and Blunt Talk (2015-16), Trace made her film debut in 2016 from Coffee House Chronicles: The Movie. Throughout the late 2010s, she guest-starred in Drunk History (2016-19), RuPaul's Drag Race (2017), Pose (2018-19),  Midnight, Texas (2018), and David Makes Man (2019).

Trace has been a part of critically acclaimed films: Hustlers (2019) starring Constance Wu & Jennifer Lopez; and Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen (2020, documentary). As per IMDB, Trace Lysette is set to work in the film Monica (pre-production).

How Much Is Trace Lysette's Net Worth?

Online sources cite that Trace Lysette has a net worth of $1 Million as of 2023. No doubt, most of her earnings came from her acting career; records 18 acting credits inclusive of TV series & films. It was notably through Transparent, that she collected a considerable sum of money which is alleged to be tens of thousands of dollars an episode.

The average salary of an actor in the United States is $57,000 per year. In addition to that, Trace could possibly earn a handsome sum through online endorsements. Her Instagram (@tracelysettewith over 166K followers, has the potential to earn $462 - $771 per sponsored post.

What's Trace Lysette's Relationship Status?

Since mid-2010, Lysette has been in the limelight but there is only limited access to her personal life. It was in 2014 when she came out as transgender shortly after landing a role in Transparent. But regarding her relationship status, Trace has yet to open up or admit her dating story. No official report on her boyfriend is out.

Despite massive followers on social media profiles such as Instagram (@tracelysette) and Twitter (@tracelysette), the American actress barely has let the details of her love life out.

Actress Trace Lysette before & after gender transition surgery.  SOURCE: Pinterest

Reportedly, while still working at strip clubs, Trace had a breakup with her then-boyfriend and slit her wrist that saw her days in Bellevue Hospital. Ever since she has not talked much about the love stuff & is alleged to be single meanwhile.

In June 2020, Lysette made highlights after she along with Laverne Cox was blocked from the dating app Hinge for being trans. Later, the app issued an apology.

Did you know? Back in 2017, Trace Lysette accused her 'Transparent' co-star Jeffrey Tambor of sexual hara s sment. She was the second person to come up with allegations, while the first one was also a trans woman Van Barnes, who was Tambor's personal assistant.



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by chandra, 24 Mar, 2021

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