Asia Kate DillonÂ is headed to theÂ 2017 MTV Movie & TV Awards.Â
TheÂ BillionsÂ star will open the show and present the award forÂ Best Actor in a Movie.Â
Dillon’s appearance isÂ superÂ important to the inaugural telecast, as the network broke down the gender wall with exclusively no-gendered categories and she is the first gender non-binary identifying actor ever to be cast in a major television series.
“I grew up with MTV.Â It was the pop culture voice of my generation. MTV continues to be a voice for the culture it represents.Â I am honored to open the show as a presenter as MTV makes strides once more by doing away with binary acting categories, celebrating television and film in a truly inclusive way,” said Dillon on her presenting role.
Just recently, Asia sent an impassioned letter to the TV Academy, questioning the gender-specific classifications of the acting categories in the Primetime EMMY Awards. â€œWhat do the words â€˜actorâ€™ and â€˜actressâ€™ mean to you regarding the awards?â€ she askedÂ the Television Academy when they were deciding whether to submit under supporting actor or supporting actress for this yearâ€™s Emmy Awards.
With the non-gendered categories, all actors from all screens (including television) will compete for the Golden Popcorn in the same categories.
Hosted byÂ Adam Devine,Â theÂ 2017 MTV Movie & TV AwardsÂ airs LIVE from The Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, May 7th @ 8PM ET/PT on MTV.