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'Star Trek' Makes History With First Non-Binary & Trans Actors!

Star Trek is making diversity history.

The CBS All Access show announced on Wednesday (September 2) that the franchise’s first non-binary and transgender actors, Blu del Barrio and Ian Alexander, will join for Season 3 of Star Trek: Discovery.

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The actors will also be playing non-binary and transgender characters.

Blu was in their final year of acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art when they auditioned for the role of Adira, a non-binary resident of the 32nd Century who quickly finds the U.S.S. Discovery to be their new home, and is a character who is “highly intelligent with a confidence and self-assurance well beyond their years.” They become friends with Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) and Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp), who were also the first gay couple to be part of a Star Trek cast.

Ian will play Gray, the first major Trill character in the franchise since Deep Space Nine, a hybrid species, in which a humanoid “host” joins with an intestine-like symbiont and receives the memories and personality of the symbiont, plus the symbiont’s memories and experiences of its previous hosts.

“Symbionts are joined with hosts regardless of gender, so a female host in the present may have memories of having been male in the past. And vice versa. It was an early attempt at Trek blurring gender boundaries and inquiring into what exactly makes one’s identity,” Indiewire reports.

“Gray is empathetic, warm and eager to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Trill host, but he will have to adapt when his life takes an unexpected turn,” says CBS.

Ian is also the first out transgender Asian-American actor on television, and is known as Buck Vu on Netflix’s The OA and Lev in the highly acclaimed video game The Last of Us Part II.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 debuts on CBS All Access on October 15. There’s also a brand new series in the franchise coming!

Ian Alexander Opens Up on 'Ellen' About How 'The OA' Helped His Family Accept His Gender Identity

Brit Marling and her The OA co-star Ian Alexander make a joint appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing on Wednesday (April 17)!

Brit‘s 17-year-old co-star speaks candidly about how The OA, which is his first television role, helped his family in their path to accepting his true identity and how his mom used his proper pronoun for the first time during a visit to set.

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“I think that being on The OA really helped them realize that I could be happy and I could be successful as a trans person and as a queer person,” Ian says. “Being on-set for The OA was the first time my mom use my correct name and pronoun so that just made my heart soar.”

Plus, Brit explains she was specifically looking to cast a 14-year-old Asian-American trans boy and Ian, along with 400 others, responded to the open casting call matching the description.


Ian Alexander on How ‘The OA’ Finally Made Him Feel Accepted by His Parents

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Jason Isaacs & Brit Marling Step Out for 'The OA: Part II' Premiere

Jason Isaacs and Brit Marling buddy up on the red carpet at the premiere of The OA: Part II on Tuesday night (March 19) at the LACMA in Los Angeles.

The co-stars were joined at the premiere of the second season of their hit show by fellow cast mates Kinglsey Ben-Adir, Ian Alexander, Phyllis Smith, Brandon Perea, Chloe Levine, Brendan Meyer, and Zoey Todorovsky along with show co-creator Zal Batmanglij.

Also stepping out for the premiere, was Phyllis‘ former The Office co-star Leslie David Baker.

In case you’re unfamiliar, Brit stars as Prairie Johnson, a blind woman who went missing for seven years and returns home with her sight restored.

The OA: Part II hits Netflix on Friday, March 22 – check out the trailer for the new season!

20+ pictures inside of the cast at the premiere…More Here! »

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Netflix's 'The OA' Cast List - Meet Brit Marling & Others!

Netflix only announced the release of its new series The OA a few days ago and now every episode of the first season is available to stream instantly.

Brit Marling stars in the series and she created it with longtime collaborator Zal Batmanglij.

Here is the synopsis for the new show: Seven years after vanishing from her home, a young woman returns with mysterious new abilities and recruits five strangers for a secret mission.

Jason Isaacs and Emory Cohen are among the other cast members and they all stepped out for the premiere on Thursday night (December 15) at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles. See pics in the gallery!

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