Chaz Bono has returned to acting playing the U.S. president in a recent musical send-up of the 1996 film Independence Day.

Bono, 44, the child of Cher and Sonny Bono, attended the High School of Performing Arts in New York. He recently appeared on ABC's Dancing With The Stars and in several cable television cameo spots.

But his recent portrayal of President Thomas J. Whitmore in Thirty Minute Musicals: Independence Day at the Celebration Theater in West Hollywood was the first time Bono played a male character on stage since he began transitioning in 2009.

“My senior year of high school I got cast as a male character and for the first time I really excelled,” Bono told “But I told myself, 'This will never happen as a professional so I need to find another career.'”

After Dancing With The Stars, Bono returned to acting classes.

“A lot of times there is an assumption that someone like me doesn't have skill or talent,” Bono said. “That is the battle that I feel I am up against. But I am doing the work to counteract that.”

“I've decided that hopefully it is never too late to do what you want to do,” he added.