Josie Totah is about to star in a reboot of the classic '80s teen sitcom Saved by the Bell and give it a progressive twist.
Fans might recognize the young actor from shows like Jessie on the Disney Channel or Mindy Kaling's comedy The Champions. In 2018 Totah came out as transgender in an emotional essay for Time magazine. Before that she had been acting in roles as a young boy and felt like she was ignoring a huge part of her identity, the fact that she is a girl. Now she's starred as a girl in shows like No Good Nick on Netflix and soon as the lead in the reboot of Saved by the Bell.
NBC's upcoming streaming service Peacock has picked up the '80s show reboot, and Totah is its star. Totah will work alongside former stars of the series, like Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley.
The classic '80s teen sitcom was beloved and is a part of the movement of reboots heading to streaming services.
2020 is the year of the reboot, and Saved by the Bell is the next victim. It seems every network is pulling on nostalgic heartstrings by bringing back fan-favorite series. But this time they're giving it a progressive twist.
Totah is an outspoken activist in the LGBTQ community and has been open with her story.
On Trans Day of Visibility, Totah told her coming out story to the It Gets Better Project in a YouTube video. The young actor has clearly come a long way and is comfortable in her own skin. Now I can't wait to see the roles that she takes on as her true self.