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Trans actor cast in US soap ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’

Naith Payton April 29, 2015
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Trans man Scott Turner Schofield has been cast as a ‘transgender mentor’ in one of the world’s most-watched soap operas.

‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ is a US daytime soap that follows the story of a wealthy family who run a fashion company. It premièred in 1987 and is regularly one of the most-watched daytime programs in America.

Last year the soap introduced the character Maya Avant, a model who is revealed to be trans, and Mr Schofield will be playing Nick, a character who helps support her.

An activist and performer who has collaborated with many prominent trans figures, Mr Schofield will make his first appearance in the programme next week. He says he was approached directly by the television network and invited to audition.

Mr Schofield told New York Daily News: “I’m Maya’s best friend and I come from her world when she first landed in Los Angeles before she became the huge success that she is.

“We met in the trans community together. I’m her friend that comes in and kind of help remind her that she is beautiful and whole and authentic exactly as she is.

“It’s going in the direction that transgender people can be happy about. And not only transgender people, but everyone who knows and loves a transgender person.”

It was announced last month that British soap Eastenders would soon feature a trans character.

 

Related topics: drama, Soap, soap opera, soaps, US

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