Actor Wilson Cruz spoke to Marc Malkin on “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s weekly podcast, about Apple TV’s LGBTQ docuseries Visible: Out on Television, and the upcoming third season of Star Trek: Discovery. Cruz is Executive Producing Visible with Wanda Sykes and returns as Dr. Hugh Culber on Discovery.
During the course of the interview, Cruz reveals that his first audition in Hollywood was for a show called Great Scott on FOX in 1992. “They wanted three white boys to play choir boys in this series that Tobey Maguire was starring in,” Cruz told Malkin.
“They wouldn’t see me because I wasn’t white. So I stormed into [casting director] Sally Stiner’s office and badgered her to see me — and she did because I wouldn’t relent,” Cruz recounts. He got the part, which enabled him to to get his Screen Actor’s Guild card which allowed him to audition for My So Called Life, where he made history “on the coming-of-age drama because not only was he openly gay, but so was his character Rickie.”
The anecdote is one of the many stories showcased on Visible which focuses on how LGBTQ activists changed the face of TV. “Visible not only examines queer representation on television, “but also how activists used the medium to help propel their fight for equality.”
As far as Discovery, while there is still no firm debut date — post production was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic — it will definitely be out later this year. “We just finished shooting season three. I actually get to do a lot more doctoring this season. And they have given me this really epic storyline. This is a man who falls in love and is in a great relationship and is killed and comes back to life and is a better doctor now because of it. It’s a great part. It’s maybe the best part I have had.”
Visible: Out on Television is available now on Apple TV Plus.
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