Chelsea Clarke reminds us on ‘EZRA’ that diversity isn’t everything we are

Chelsea Clarkinvolvement in gay vampire comedies Ezra went along with her friendships with series creators and stars Luke Hatchie. “I heard it for the first time Ezra Last summer, when Luke and I had just become friends.We had known each other through our mutual relationship, but had no real connection, so when I ran into him by chance a few weeks ago, we decided to go out drinking! It was there that we talked about the plans for Ezra I wanted to be a part of this project in any capacity,” says Chelsea. “At the time, I was just providing consulting on Gwen’s character because I felt it was very important to eliminate negative stereotypes and make sure the Filipino character was represented correctly. Little did I know that I would be given the opportunity to be the lead writer for Gwen’s character and become the main writer for the show! One of the most eye-opening experiences in Thinking back to Those Margarita Days, if we didn’t run into Luke and realize we were destined to be friends (Taurus do) I honestly don’t think this would have happened.”

She decided that her characters, Cairo’s Filipino heritage, would shine proudly. I remember knowing that it was important to create strong characters that were respectable.Kylo and Gwen are both Filipino and it was very important to me that they were both represented as such It was! Daniela and I won, a Toronto-based atelier owned by a Filipino woman. Each character has examples of the Filipino diaspora alive and well sprinkled throughout their mannerisms and actions. And generally, who wouldn’t want to play a sexy immortal? was a great character to play in particular, she’s fun, hot, confident, and it’s been a lot of fun playing a character that’s just plain badass. It was even more special to know that I was part of the team that created this world.”

But Kylo’s confidence doesn’t leave her vulnerable to toxic relationships. Her bond with the bisexual vampire Anya is often controversial. “The main word I use to describe Kylo and Anya’s relationship is ‘manipulative’. These women trust each other, but they don’t. But when you live hundreds of years, the pool of lifelong friendships gets smaller and smaller,” thinks Chelsea. Kylo struggles to maintain a sense of autonomy in Anya’s shadow. “I think throughout the writing process, I tried to show a little bit of Kylo’s struggles with being powerful and being herself in a position very close to Anya’s ‘true power’. Her personality is strong.” Or is it just always trying to be a hot vampire of her own, keeping her apart from Anya?”

Chelsea couldn’t be more grateful for the role and for how far her career has come. It was an amazing experience, and I remember having a very limited list of examples to admire: Lee Solonga, Tia Carrère, my mother (of course). I don’t think it’s about having a limited number of people, but rather being a child actor and having to realize that not many people would hire me because of my looks. , because I knew I would never be the lead, showing that talent is determined by talent and hard work, and by which boxes you can tick to get the most views We also strived to be in a position where we can do our best to advocate for people through our stories and make them feel seen. It’s what I want to continue. Ezra we did it justice.Her mission is to show that no matter how we identify, we are all human (or vampires) after all. The thing is that your diversity isn’t everything.Each of us is much more complex than what this world makes us believe. Our show is not about being gay or being Filipino or anything in between, it’s about trying to get through life (or the afterlife) It’s about people and all the complexity that comes with being undead (or alive). Ezraviewers can see themselves through our characters and are encouraged to become more confident versions of themselves. can be the first step in

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Chelsea Clarke reminds us that diversity isn’t the whole story of EZRA. Photo credit: Courtesy: Project for PR.

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