As Soap Central previously reported, The Bold and the Beautiful has been on the hunt for a real-life transgender actor to help in the continuation of Karla Mosley's reel-life transgender story, and it looks like the CBS soap has found its match.
New York Daily News reports that Scott Turner Schofield has been cast in the role of Nick, a "transgender mentor" to fashion model Maya.
"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," says Schofield, a theater actor who'll be making his B&B debut on Friday, May 8. "[Maya and Nick] met in the trans community together. I'm her friend that comes in and kind of [helps to] remind her that she is beautiful and whole and authentic exactly as she is."
The actor continues, "As things start to happen and discrimination mounts, she can stand strong in who she is and how she made the right choices for herself. So in that sense, it feels like playing myself in a certain way."
Schofield, who's also known for doing speeches on diversity, has already taped six episodes and enjoys the direction Maya's story is going in. "I'm an expert on this stuff and I do study it," he says. "I've seen everything there is to see an I am telling you that it is unprecedented and it's going in the right direction."
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