Episode · 2 weeks ago
Emmy Nominee Scott Schofield: Hollywood's Trans Influencer
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Scott Schofield is an award-winning actor, writer, and producer—a “trans influencer of Hollywood.” Making television history as the first openly transgender actor in Daytime television with a recurring role on CBS’s The Bold and the Beautiful, Schofield then became the first transgender man nominated for any acting Emmy, for the recurring role of “Max” on STUDIO CITY (Amazon Prime).
As a film actor, Scott received international critical acclaim for his lead role in the 2018 feature film THE CONDUCTOR (Splendid Films). His one man show special, Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps, premiered at the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. He can most recently be seen in HBO Max docuseries Equal.
Scott’s 3 solo performance pieces have toured major venues in the US and Europe, with the support of the National Performance Network and the Princess Grace Foundation. In addition to his solo shows, he has performed in theatre pieces across the world in prominent venues.
Among other behind-the-scenes credits in film, TV and streaming, Scott consults for HBO’s EUPHORIA and consulted on The Craft.
We chat very candidly about the boom in Hollywood with LGBTQ actors coming out, how the gay community can continue to support the trans movement, the focus on trans women over trans men in Hollywood, the political future of our community, coming out as trans in early youth, consulting for Hollywood, and the future of Scott's film, Becoming A Man in 127 Easy Steps.
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Episode · 1 month ago
Actor & activist Wilson Cruz started acting as a youngin’ and toured the US as part of the Young Americans. He has made television history as the first openly gay actor to play an openly gay character in a leading role in a major TV series in, of course, My So Called Life...AND as part of the first featured gay couple in the Star Trek franchise in Star Trek Discovery as Dr. Hugh Culbert with co-star Anthony Rapp.
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We chatted with Wilson on his day off from filming Season 4 of Discovery and had a very intimate chat about LGBTQ representation in the media, love and dating, ageism in entertainment, how awesome Michelle Yoeh is, Wilson's first steps on the Star Trek set, how tight his uniform is, and overcoming loneliness during COVID. We also found out what his worst date was - hint, it was at a drive-thru.
Wilson is donating his proceeds from Cameo (personalized video shoutouts) until the end of the year to GLSEN, the non-profit working to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression and to prompt LGBT cultural inclusion and awareness in K-12 schools.
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