Former home and away star Mat Stevenson appears this weekend with transgender daughter Grace Hyland by his side in The Sunday Project.
The couple will sit down for a frank conversation with host Lisa Wilkinson about the journey Grace and her father were on during their transition.
« From your point of view, Mat, what was the influence when Grace changed her name and started wearing girls’ clothes? » Lisa asked the actor who played Adam Cameron in Home And Away in more than 500 episodes in the ’90s.
« So it was a little awkward to call Grace Schatz instead of buddy at first. Really, I think I’m feminizing my approach, » he said.
« As a guy, it was quite a hassle to go to my male friendship group and say my son is my daughter now, but then I look at the challenges and the difficulty of sharing this versus the challenges Grace sailed through and they fade into insignificance, « he added.
« I mean, some of my friends were pretty seamless, they got it. Some just couldn’t get it. Some really had problems with the concept … I’m a member of the local cricket club, I remember one of the boys came on me to and said, « Stevo, I just don’t get it buddy. I just don’t get it. « And I said, » It’s fine, buddy, you don’t have to get it. I’m just asking you to love my daughter and show empathy. « He says, » Yes, I can. »
« I’m really so happy. I wouldn’t be where I am today without my father’s support, » said 20-year-old Hyland, who has a popular social media following.
You can watch the full interview on The Sunday Project tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 10
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