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TIFF 2015: Elle Fanning & Naomi Watts on 'About Ray'

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Elle Fanning plays Ray, a transgender teen who comes out to his family in About Ray, which debuts at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

“I definitely knew it would be a huge challege to do — I definitely have never done anything like that before. I have a lot of transgender friends who go to my school and have made a transition over the summer,” Fanning told JD Heyman at the PEOPLE, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly’s photo studio in Toronto. “Reading this story and how current it seems. It’s not just about a transgender teen, it’s about family and how everyone is dealing with it. I just love Ray, and love the story.”

Co-starring Naomi Watts as Ray’s mother, About Ray is out in theaters on Sept. 18. Watch Fanning and Watts discuss the film above.

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