Laith Ashley Joins Cast of MY DIVORCE PARTY

In the comedy My Divorce Party, the protagonist Xan, played by Desiree Staples, blows through her savings with her friends in an extravagant weekend.

By: Jul. 06, 2021
Laith Ashley Joins Cast of MY DIVORCE PARTY

Trans male model, actor, singer-songwriter, and activist Laith Ashley (Pose, Strut) has joined the cast of My Divorce Party as the character of Ajax, an alluring but insightful male stripper in Joshua Tree. On joining the cast Laith says, "I am super excited to join the My Divorce Party team! This will be my first feature film, and I'm eager to be on set, to perform, and to learn. I will be playing a cisgender character, which isn't a common occurrence in film and television for a transperson. We are just now getting the opportunities to appear in the media in a positive light as a whole, and having the chance to just be a performer telling a story, is HUGE."

Breaking ground is nothing new for Ashley, who was the first trans member of the pit crew in Rupaul's Drag Race in addition to appearing in fashion campaigns for Diesel, Barney's, and Calvin Klein.

In the comedy My Divorce Party, the protagonist Xan, played by Desiree Staples, blows through her savings with her friends in an extravagant weekend to ensure her soon to be ex-husband cannot seize any of the money in a settlement. She encounters Ajax in a seedy, desert strip club, where the undeniably attractive exotic dancer stands out amongst the eclectic locals.

Principal photography is set to begin this fall in Joshua Tree. Executive Producers are Desiree Staples (Take Me to Tarzana, It's What She Would Have Wanted at Tribeca Creators Market 2021) and Sam Fox (Circus Person). Producers are Adrienne Childress (Girl Callin, Celestial) and Geenah Krisht (Girl Callin, 1985, The Crew League). The entirely female creative team considers diversity paramount to the structure of the movie. My Divorce Party executive producer, writer-director Heidi Weitzer (Darcy on House Arrest) says, "It's gross that we have to still talk about diversity as an out of the ordinary thing. Having a cast that wasn't homogeneous was very important to me, because it reflects the world we live in, the world I live in."

"I am extremely excited about playing Xan and Executive Producing "My Divorce Party". I am thrilled to be working with this phenomenal team that's committed to showcasing underrepresented artists in all capacities both in front and behind the camera and steadfast on creating a groundbreaking film that empowers a diverse female cast and female-driven story," says Staples. "The film's message of healing a broken heart through comedy, friendships, growth and ultimately self realization, is something we are so passionate about and I can't wait to share this film with the world!"


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