One of my all-time favorite moments on The Fosters is when Lena tells Mariana, “DNA doesn’t make a family, love does.” At its root, The Fosters was a show about our chosen family — albeit bound together legally through adoption — and its spin-off, Good Trouble, which debuts next week on Freeform, is ultimately about the same thing. Good Trouble picks up where The Fosters left off: with Mariana (Cierra Ramirez) and Callie (Maia Mitchell) headed north, from their sleepy San Diego suburb to the bright lights of Los Angeles, to start their new jobs. Mariana’s fresh out of MIT and excited to start work at a tech startup, while Callie’s balancing her competitive clerkship with a conservative judge and preparations to take the bar exam. They find their home and what may become their chosen family at the Coterie, a communal living space in downtown LA.
The Coterie overflows with compelling personalities, most notably, Alice Kwan (Sherry Cola), the manager of the building and de facto house mother. Rather than having me tell you about it, why not get the scoop on Alice from the actress herself — whom you might remember from her short stint on Claws last summer — thanks to an exclusive clip from our friends at Freeform:
According to GLAAD’s most recent “Where We Are on TV” report, Asian/Pacific Islanders make up 8.5% of the LGBTQ regular and recurring characters on network, cable and streaming television. Though there’s still work to do when it comes to API representation, the numbers reflect the highest levels of representation since GLAAD started tracking the data. What’s particularly exciting about LGBTQ API representation is the different types of stories we’re seeing: from Grace Choi on Black Lightning and Nico Minoru on Marvel’s Runaways to Adena El-Amin on The Bold Type to Leila on The Bisexual. I’m excited to see how Alice adds to the diverse stories we’ve been seeing.
Excited to learn more about Alice? Or seeing what Callie and Mariana are up to? Tune in to the debut of Good Trouble on Freeform on January 8 or visit Hulu or Freeform.com now to get an early look at the first episode.