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Star Trek Picard's Jonathan Del Arco

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

Star Trek fans went crazy when we found out that Captain Jean Luc Picard from Star Trek the Next Generation would be returning to screens. We even went crazier when we found out that actor and activist Jonathan Del Arco’s would be returning, 27 years after his first appearance as Hugh, an iconic fan favorite from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Television audiences most recently saw him as Dr. Fernando Morales, a role that spanned ten years over the course of two series The Closer and Major Crimes on TNT. Other memorable appearances on film and television include Nip/Tuck, The Sopranos, 24, Crossing Jordan, Huff, Star Trek: Voyager, Mommies, The Wonder Years, Blossom, Boy Meets World, Miami Vice, NCIS, and The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams.  

Foregoing college at 18 he joined the company of the Broadway hit Torch Song Trilogy and toured the country along with Golden Girls' Estelle Getty. Many other Broadway and off Broadway plays followed before Del Arco settled in Los Angeles to pursue work on television and film.  

As a passionate activist on behalf of LGBT rights, immigrant's rights, anti-bullying efforts, and the environment, he served as a campaign surrogate for President Barack Obama and Sec. Hillary Clinton and is a sought after public speaker. He has shared his coming out story and childhood as an immigrant and survivor of bullying and discrimination at the first pride event at FBI Headquarters, the 2012 Democratic Convention, The Human Rights Campaign, and throughout corporate America.  

We chatted with Jonathan about his experience growing up in the US as an immigrant from Uruguay, his friendship with Estelle Getty, missing a stage cue, life during the AIDS epidemic, the LGBTQ community in Star Trek, his crush on Captain Kirk, and why it's imperative for the LGBTQ community to become politically involved.   

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Episode · 18 hours ago

Grammy Nominated Jazz Musician Dave Koz

During COVID, there have been amazing musicians keeping the music alive with live streams and new albums…on this episode we chat with jazz musician Dave Koz…who has singledhandedly brought SAXY BACK. 

In a recording career that spans nearly three decades, saxophonist Dave Koz has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine GRAMMY® nominations, 11 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, 13 sold-out Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises, performances for multiple U.S. presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and appearances on a multitude of television shows, including “Good Morning America,” “The View,” “The Tonight Show,” “Entertainment Tonight” and more. A Platinum-selling artist, Koz is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate. During COVID he released his 20th album, A New Day, exactly 30 years after his debut album came out. He has been keeping the music alive with his livestreams, including his most recent A Romantic Night In with Brian McKnight.

We chatted with him about his coming out experience, manifesting his own place in Grammy history, recording at the iconic Capitol Records…and love and dating. Check it out!  

Episode · 1 week ago

Remembering The Golden Girls with Stan Zimmerman

 In this episode, we chat with TV sitcom writer Stan Zimmerman who, as a newbie in the industry, was a writer for Season 1 of The Golden Girls. Stan Zimmerman has worked on many television series, including season one of The Golden Girls, Fame, Something Wilder with Gene Wilder, Roseanne, Wanda at Large, and the highly successful fifth season of Gilmore Girls. Besides writing and producing many television pilots, he and his writing partner James Berg rewrote the Emmy and Peabody award-winning Annie for ABC. They have also written for film, including both Brady Bunch movies.  

We chatted with Stan about being a closeted writer in the 80s and working on the iconic Golden Girls for its debut season. Even though Golden Girls has become of our LGBTQ TV history, it was still was a closeted environment and coming out as gay in the entertainment industry was career suicide. We also chatted with Stan about his close relationship with Estelle Getty (Sophia) and asked him if there was any truth to the Bea Arthur vs Betty White feud.  

Stan is featured in our latest of issue of Metrosource - grab
your copy today on newsstands or head to www.Metrosource.com.  

Episode · 1 month ago

Emmy Nominee Scott Schofield: Hollywood's Trans Influencer

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.  

Episode · 2 months ago

HBO Max' 12 Dates of Christmas with Corey Lay

HBO Max continues its quest to represent the LGBTQ community in a wide variety of programming. To add to the mix of We’re Here, Equal, and Legendary, they have added a delicious holiday treat that is our current Christmas guilty pleasure. While stuck at home with nothing to do but post selfies and watch TV, what better way to pass the time than with some holiday cheesiness and a side of fun drama? HBO’s Max 12 Dates of Christmas, set in a stunning winter wonderland, follows three hopelessly romantic singles on their journey to meet that special someone to bring home for the holidays. The show features Garrett, a gay man looking for love. 

Corey Lay, a video game and app developer & fitness trainer, was among the contestants to try his hand at love. And while he didn’t make it to the end, he made a long-lasting emotional impression on the show. In showing his emotions, he hopes to be an example for younger people watching that it’s ok to put your emotions on display, not a weakness. Corey is an LGBTQ and black community activist with an adorable smile and winning attitude…we’d gladly spend New Year’s Eve with him…and even longer.

We chatted with Corey about finding love on reality TV, first date red flags, respecting yourself in the dating world, showing your feelings, and we tackled the hot topic of putting racial preferences on dating apps and in the real world.