Hallelujah, “L Word: Generation Q” Has Cast a Trans Actress: Sophie Giannamore Joins Cast

Bless us everyone: a new round of casting selections for The L Word: Generation Q were announced today and one of the women joining this hotly anticipated production is a trans actress.

Sophie Giannamore, who played Young Maura on Transparent, has been cast as “Jordi, a rebellious teen with absent parents.” It’s unclear if her character will also be trans or how she fits in to the storyline, but I will go out on an honestly pretty sturdy limb here and say I think she’s gonna be friends with Angelica.

Queer butch actress Fortune Feimster (The Mindy Project) has been cast as Heather, providing the show with much needed representation of lesbians named Heather. This particular Heather will be “an aspiring comedian who lacks boundaries.”

Bisexual actress Olivia Thirlby, who you likely recall from projects including Juno and The Wackness, will do a guest spot as “kind-hearted Rebecca, who often finds herself attracted to the wrong kind of women.”

Lex Scott Davis will play “Quiara, a sensual lead singer whose international travels bring her back to L.A.” Sounds… wild! Davis is a dancer who has appeared in Superfly and the Training Day TV series.

They will join already-announced cast members Arienne Mandi, Leo Sheng, Jacqueline Toboni and Rosanny Zayas as well as also already-announced cast members Stephanie Allyne and Brian Michael as well as your friends and mine: Bette, Alice and Shane.

Here’s a picture you can investigate for a while for fun:

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13 Comments

  1. OH THANK THE GODDESS.

    If we’re really lucky, they might even make the trans female character *gasp* queer!

    • Al

      Let’s hope so since in the original the trans man was queer/bi.

  2. 1. SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS NEWS!!! Sophia is such a talented actress!!

    2. All these years later, and even a blurry instagram photo of Jennifer Beals makes my heart stop.

  3. Great news!
    Only potential caveat is her being so much younger than the rest of the cast making me fear if they are gonna relegate her to a background/supporting character.

    • my impression of it is that she’s gonna be angie’s rebellious friend and will actually get a solid amount of screentime, but this is mostly based on rumors so we’ll see how it actually pans out!

      • Al

        How certain is it she is the friend and not rebellious gal pal?

  4. ok but like I hope this is only the first of many and that at least some of them are queer and there are body positive trans sex scenes and also we need nonbinary and fat characters and trans characters that don’t pass and nonbinary characters that aren’t just skinny white people… I only watched the L Word recently – I was in high school when it came out but was horrified by how problematic it was (like, it’s not just the times – so transphobic and so white, how did they not know/not care??). This time I could root for its existing being a cultural moment and it’s iconic place now that it’s not contemporary but like the new director keeps talking about “understanding what people want” and “doing better” and “fixing problems” and I hope she’s…with it.

  5. Yay !!! so far I’m really happy about the casting !! Hopefully they scrap the entire season 6 and that mess. I’m really hoping the show redeems some of the problematic parts of the original.

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