Nava Mau: The fearless actress and trans advocate making waves in Baby Reindeer

Netflix’s gripping true crime series, Baby Reindeer, doesn’t just hook viewers with its compelling storyline—it introduces a fresh wave of talented actors to the global stage. Among them, Nava Mau shines brightly in her portrayal of Teri, a confident trans woman and therapist grappling with the complexities of love and danger.

In the series, Mau’s character, Teri, navigates a tumultuous romance with Donny Dunn (played by series creator Richard Gadd) amidst the looming threat of a stalker named Martha (Jessica Gunning). Their relationship is a poignant exploration of queer dating dynamics seldom seen on mainstream television.

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Mau’s performance as Teri is nothing short of captivating. With unwavering self-assurance and empathy, she breathes life into a character who embodies resilience and strength in the face of adversity.

She’s a trans Latina filmmaker and cultural worker.

But Mau’s talents extend far beyond the screen. A proud Mexico City native, she made her mark as a filmmaker with her debut short film, Waking Hour, in 2019. Since then, she’s showcased her acting prowess in acclaimed short films like Femenina and Sam’s Town, while also lending her skills behind the scenes as a producer.


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Beyond her creative endeavours, Mau is a fierce advocate for the trans community. With over eight years of experience in anti-violence work and political education, she’s been a powerful voice for change in Hollywood and beyond. As a Production Fellow on the Netflix documentary Disclosure, she contributed to the conversation on LGBTQ+ representation in the industry.

Her breakout role was on a cult-favorite HBO Max series.

Mau’s breakout role came in the form of Ana on the HBO Max series Genera+ion, where she portrayed the beloved aunt of a young character grappling with her sexuality. The character struck a chord with audiences, cementing Mau’s status as a rising star in the industry.

In Baby Reindeer, Mau felt a profound connection to her character, knowing that Teri was based on a real person. She approached the role with a sense of responsibility and authenticity, ensuring that Teri’s story was told with the respect and dignity it deserved.

As she continues to make waves in the entertainment industry, Nava Mau stands as a beacon of representation and empowerment for the trans community and beyond. With her fearless spirit and unwavering dedication, she’s paving the way for a more inclusive and diverse future in Hollywood.

This article was syndicated from Marie Claire USA
Translated and adapted by Praise Vandeh, Marie Claire Nigeria Content Writer


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