Transgender actor Scott Turner Schofield is set to make television history by joining the cast of “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Schofield, a transgender man, will make his debut on the long-running CBS daytime soap opera May 8. Schofield’s new role will mark the first time a transgender actor will play a major, recurring role on daytime television.
Schofield, who made his mark as an actor in regional theater, took to Facebook to share the exciting news.
“Very proud to announce a big career move. #BecauseIamTransgender I am #LivingMyDream,” he wrote.
Known for his active role as a diversity speaker and author for the transgender community, Schofield will play Nick, a transgender mentor to fashion model Maya Avant (Karla Mosley).
"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," the actor explained to The New York Daily News. "We met in the trans community together. I'm her friend that comes in and kind of helps remind her that she is beautiful and whole and authentic exactly as she is."
"And, 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," he added. "So in that sense, it feels like playing myself in a certain way."
Considering it’s only been a few days since Bruce Jenner bravely came out as transgender, it’s still a hot-button topic in mainstream media, which is why it’s important to Schofield that his character is portrayed in the right way.
"It's going in the direction that transgender people can be happy about,” he said. “And not only transgender people, but everyone who knows and loves a transgender person."