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While LGBTQIA+ representation in TV shows and on the big screen is still limited, The CW is showering fans with diversity and inclusivity. According to GLAAD, The CW recorded the highest percentage of LGBTQIA+ series regulars in 2019, a breakthrough for the community. From inspiring fans to come out to shedding light on taboo topics, queer characters are making a big impact on their audiences.

To celebrate Pride today and every day, we're highlighting some of our favorite LGBTQIA+ characters across The CW.

Lucy Hale as Katy Keene Jonny Beauchamp as Ginger and Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy from Katy Keene

(L-R): Lucy Hale as Katy Keene, Jonny Beauchamp as Ginger and Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy

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Cheryl Blossom, Riverdale

Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom from The CW show Riverdale

Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom

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As the first openly lesbian character in Riverdale, Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch) made a huge impact on the show's viewers. Though Cheryl had shown interest in male characters, she was never in a relationship until her current girlfriend, Toni Topaz (Vanessa Morgan), made her debut on the show. Before they dated, Cheryl shared her struggles with Toni, revealing that she had loved a girl named Heather, but her mother called their friendship "deviant" when the two children were caught sleeping (just sleeping) in the same bed. Cheryl has suffered prejudice from her family members and was even sent to conversion therapy in Season 2. Toni, a proud bisexual woman of color, helps Cheryl come to terms with her sexuality as they become Riverdale's first lesbian couple.

Both Petsch and Morgan identify as straight but have done their part to make the characters' relationship as genuine as possible for the fans. "We have a responsibility to our fans to stay true to the authenticity of being in a female-female relationship," Petsch explained in a YouTube video. "We're very aware of that and try our best to stay true to that." Petsch also proudly shares that characters like Cheryl and Toni inspired some LGBTQ+ fans to come out to loved ones after seeing what "Choni" goes through. "I never thought in my wildest dreams that my art could help someone embrace who they truly are. For the show's demographic, it's really important to showcase these diverse relationships," Petsch has said.

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Anissa Pierce, Black Lightning

Nafessa Williams as Thunder from The CW show Black Lightning

Nafessa Williams as Thunder in Black Lightning.

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Being a Black woman in the media comes with challenges, but being a Black lesbian woman in the media presents a different set of challenges. So when Nafessa Williams saw the script for The CW's Black Lightning, she said, "Sign me up." Black Lightning's main heroine, Anissa Pierce (a.k.a. Thunder), is television's first Black lesbian superhero, and she is already out and proud with a long-term partner—a huge win for LGBTQIA+ viewers. Anissa's character has been called "refreshing," and the show wins applause for broadening her story beyond her sexuality.

Black queer women had high expectations for the character, and Anissa Pierce did not disappoint. Though Williams does not identify as queer, she leaned on friends and family for research to bring her character to life. She has said that she had very few Black characters to idolize growing up, which inspired her to work in television. She knew there was still work to be done getting representation. "Black Lightning is a part of change. It transcends race and sexuality," she told Out Magazine. We're rooting for you, Anissa Pierce!

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Jorge Lopez, Katy Keene

Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge Lopez on The CW show Katy Keene

Jonny Beauchamp as Jorge Lopez in Katy Keene.

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When the cast list for Katy Keenea show based on the Archie Comics—went public, some noticed one major casting change involving Ginger Lopez. The new character, Jorge Lopez, is a genderbent take on the Latina-American Archie Comics character Ginger Lopez. Jonny Beauchamp plays Jorge, an aspiring drag performer who works at a local club (Molly's Crisis) with the drag persona "Ginger Lopez," the original character's name. Jorge's character finds relationships in and out of drag.

On one hand, neither his parents nor his love interest Buzz Brown (Eric Freeman) quite understand his art. On the other hand, there's Bernardo (Ryan Faucett), a firefighter who is happy to be with Jorge as well as with Ginger. While his parents aren't comfortable with their son wearing heels and women's clothing, they eventually come around. Through these challenges—including meeting with violence when a group of thugs attack him and Bernardo—Jorge is proud to show the world who he is and refuses to hide to please others.

Beauchamp described Ginger as Jorge's armor, a persona that allows him to be exactly who he wants to be, in an interview with TV Insider. When asked about the hype surrounding drag in the media today, Beauchamp said, "People are a lot more into drag queens now as rock stars, icons, and social media stars. It's no longer super-niche. There's lots of fun, but there's seriousness and aggressiveness as well. It's just like us; we're complicated." With his theatrical background and numerous castings in drag, Beauchamp had no trouble bringing his character to life.

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Nia Nal/Dreamer, Supergirl

Nicole Maines as Nia Nal Dreamer in TV show Supergirl

Nicole Maines as Nia Nal/Dreamer in Supergirl.

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Nia Nal (Nicole Maines) is breaking new ground as Dreamer, the first transgender superhero, on Supergirl. But even superpowers can't protect her from many of the real-world challenges that trans people face. When her own sister, Maeve Nal (Hannah Jones), is overcome with jealousy about their mom's powers passing to Nia, Maeve's go-to insult is "How did you get the powers?...You're not even a real woman!"

Maines, who is trans herself, takes her responsibility as a representative of an underrepresented demographic in TV and film seriously, and often channels her own struggles into her role. For example, when Brainiac 5 (Jesse Rath) breaks up with Nia, her first (unfounded) fear is that it happened because of her trans status. "There is a lot of feeling under the surface that I think trans people experience while dating," Maines told Variety in a YouTube interview. "I was drawing a lot from those experiences of mine. Is it because I'm trans? Of course it isn't. That's not why Brainiac broke up with her."

An activist for trans right since her preteen years, Maines was instrumental in defeating a bill in the state of Maine that would have forced people to use the bathroom of the gender they were assigned at birth and has been candid about enduring childhood bullying and wishing there had been a trans superhero when she was little. "(Dreamer) has this ferocious drive to protect people and to fight against discrimination and hatred," she told an audience at San Diego's Comic-Con. "She's the superhero we need right now."

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Kevin Keller, Riverdale

Casey Cott as Kevin Keller on The CW show Riverdale

Casey Cott as Kevin Keller in Riverdale.

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Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) is one of few out gay teens at Riverdale High. Quickly, he is branded as Betty and Veronica's GBF (gay best friend). Kevin has difficulty finding love throughout the series. His first crush, Moose (Cody Kearsley), denies his sexuality at the outset, but then wants their relationship kept secret. Southside Serpents member Joaquin DeSantos (Rob Raco) initially showed interest in Kevin to get information on Jason Blossom's murder case through Kevin's father, Sheriff Keller (Martin Cummins), making the relationship feel dishonest. In Season 2, Kevin starts looking for love in dangerous places. He frequents Fox Forest at night to find men to hook up with, worrying Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart), who tells Kevin's father about his "cruising."

Costars Madelaine Petsch and Vanessa Morgan have been open about their positive experiences playing LGBTQIA+ characters on Riverdale, and Cott feels no different. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Cott discussed his appreciation for fans of the show: "The amount of positive reactions we've gotten about our characters, especially Kevin, has been amazing." Cott also praised Kevin as a well-rounded, three-dimensional character who will continue to evolve as the show progresses.


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Tamia “Coop” Cooper, All American

Bre-Z as Coop on TV show All American

Bre-Z as Coop in All American.

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Though on the surface All American may seem to be a male-focused drama about football, the women are arguably the driving force behind storylines. Tamia "Coop" Cooper (Bre-Z) is Spencer James' (Daniel Ezra) best friend and moral compass. Spencer is Coop's "protector" until she encourages him to go to Beverly High with Coach Baker (Taye Diggs) to advance his football career, and she is forced to navigate their community on her own. Coop is a masculine-presenting proud lesbian, but is not out to her family. Her mother is completely in denial of Coop's lesbian lifestyle and even kicks Coop out of the house for being "confused." Though Coop explores a flirtatious relationship with Patience (Chelsea Tavares), a young churchgoer with a reputation, tensions between them rise because Patience's parents are very accepting of her sexuality, leaving Coop feeling alienated. Coop struggles with acceptance and gang violence throughout the show, making her story unique yet relatable to some fans.

Bre-Z recently spoke out about the importance of LGBTQIA+ characters on screen, why they sometimes miss the mark, and how she wants to change it. "I finally had a chance to make whoever this lesbian is on TV an actual, real person. I got to make her multidimensional, show her softer side, show the femininity in her, show all of her sides," Bre-Z told Refinery29. "I hate the way lesbians and the LGBTQ+ community in general have been depicted in film forever. It's never a normal life and I just so happen to date girls."


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Samuel Josiah “Sammy Jo” Jones, Dynasty

Rafael De La Fuente as Sammy Jo on The CW Show Dynasty

Rafael De La Fuente as Sammy Jo in Dynasty.

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When the reboot of Dynasty premiered in 2017, the crew decided to make a big change to a signature character: Sammy Jo, a female role originally played by a woman, would be written as Samuel, a male role played by a man (Rafael De La Fuente). Executive producer Stephanie Savage spoke on the gender-bending casting choice in a feature with IndieWire, saying, "With Steven Carrington (James Mackay) out and proud, it makes sense for Sammy Jo to be a man."

De La Fuente is no stranger to gay soap characters; he played Michael Sanchez in Empire. But that doesn't mean that being out was always easy for him. "There was a time where I was terrified of being gay," he told Michael Fairman TV. "I thought if I dared to be honest and open about who I was, I'd never be able to work as an actor or have a healthy love and family life." Looking back on his success as an actor who has played multiple gay characters, he wouldn't trade it for the world. His best advice? "Be bold, be proud, be you."


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Taye Diggs as Coach Billy Baker and Daniel Ezra as Spencer James in The CW drama series All American.

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All American is much more than a sports drama. The CW series—inspired by a true story about former NFL player Spencer Paysinger—delves into the life of Spencer James (Daniel Ezra) after Coach Billy Baker (Broadway star Taye Diggs) recruits him to an elite football program at Beverly Hills High School.

Coach Baker, a former NFL player turned high school football coach, not only teaches Spencer skills to prepare him for professional football, but also encourages him to keep training his brain and pursue college. Doubling as a father figure along the way, Coach Baker also teaches us a thing or two about life.

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Take Care Of Your Team

Former NFL player Spencer Paysinger and Taye Diggs as Coach Billy Baker on TV show from The CW All American

Former NFL player Spencer Paysinger and Taye Diggs as Coach Billy Baker.

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When times are tense, it's important to check on your team, especially when they're chasing a state championship win like the Eagles in the first season of All American. Coach Baker always makes an effort to make sure his players and loved ones are in the right head space to achieve their goals, even if that means making the Eagles' practices private and giving a loaded pep talk: "Remember what matters. This game is going to take everything that you have."

Strive For Greatness

High school football players on TV show from The CW All American

(L-R): Hunter Clowdus as JJ, Michael Evans Behling as Jordan, Daniel Ezra as Spencer, Taye Diggs as Billy, and Cody Christian as Asher.

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Billy wants to see the people around him succeed. We see this in Coach Baker's constant boosting of Spencer—from recruiting him to encouraging him to play during his senior year. Coach Baker makes it clear that success takes discipline and hard work, whether training for a championship game or recovering from an injury. The mindset—"To be the best, you have to strive for greatness"—is one that Coach constantly impresses upon the Eagles, his family…and us!

Be Honest Even When It Isn’t  Easy

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Taye Diggs as Billy and Samantha Logan as Olivia.

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Coach gives us lessons about integrity on and off the field. This father figure knows honesty is the best policy in sports and in life, but he acknowledges that it can sometimes be a difficult one to uphold. This makes it easier for the people around him to open up, like when Olivia (Samantha Logan) leans on her dad for support when she discovers Beverly Hills football star Asher Adams (Cody Christian) is using steroids.

Never Compromise Your Team

High school football players with Taye Diggs on TV show from The CW All American

(L-R): Hunter Clowdus as JJ, Taye Diggs as Billy, Michael Evans Behling as Jordan, and Cody Christian as Asher.

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True leaders know to never abandon their core values, or in Coach Baker's case, never put their team in the wrong position. Even when you may have some conflict—we're looking at you, Asher—staying true to yourself and your friends is advice we should all follow.

Don’t Forget Your Roots

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Daniel Ezra as Spencer James.

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Where you started has helped you become who you are. We learn this from Coach's inspiring past at South Crenshaw High, similar to Spencer's own past. It helped build his character and success in the NFL, reminding him to teach this lesson to everyone he meets.

Mistakes Are OK...

Taye Diggs and Daniel Ezra in TV show from The CW All American

Taye Diggs as Billy and Daniel Ezra as Spencer.

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...but what you do after the mistake is what determines your character. Coach Baker—who's made a few mistakes along the way, including having an affair—has learned that "you can't start the healing process until you're man enough to own your mistakes." He makes sure that his son Jordan (Michael Evans Behling), Spencer and the rest of his Eagles know that learning from their mistakes is the key to moving forward.

Win As A Team, Lose As A Team

Taye Diggs as coach Billy Baker in the TV show from The CW All American

Taye Diggs as Coach Billy Baker.

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You can't be a team if you're not working together. This sentiment translates off the field as well—in Coach Baker's many shows of loyalty, including backing up his players in times of need. We're taking some tips from Coach on how to stick up for and stick with our family and friends.

Put Your Heart Into It

Taye Diggs and Daniel Ezra in TV show from The CW All American

Taye Diggs as Billy and Daniel Ezra as Spencer.

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All American is full of drama and heart—and playing with heart is the key to winning. With a family and a football team looking up to him, Coach Baker preaches that love for family, friends and the game gives you all the support you need in life.

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Today the parents we see on television are a much more realistic depiction of the parents we see (and are) at home. Some TV dads stay home. Many of the families we see on our favorite shows are made up of beloved parental surrogates: siblings, godparents, friends, and neighbors. And you know what? These small-screen families feel most like our own, only better, when they aren't so "perfect."

As we celebrate Father's Day and dads on their annual day of thanks, we take a moment to recognize our current crop of favorite fictional fathers. We toast the laughter and invaluable lessons they've given us.

1. The Toughest Parents Can Be The Biggest Softies

\u200bCedric the Entertainer holding a basketball in TV show The Neighborhood.

Cedric the Entertainer as Calvin Butler in The Neighborhood.

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Calvin Butler, The Neighborhood

Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer) is not short on opinions, nor is he shy about sharing them. But under that gruff demeanor is a man who loves his family and his neighborhood. Witness Calvin telling neighbor Dave (Max Greenfield) that he needs to appreciate his mother (Marilu Henner) while she's still around.

Stream full episodes of The Neighborhood on CBS All Access.

2. Pain And Joy Can Coexist

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Walton Goggins as Wade Felton in The Unicorn.

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Wade Felton, The Unicorn

Watching Wade (Walton Goggins) struggle to reenter the world of relationships while working his way through mourning his deceased wife—and raising two daughters—reminds us that loss is inevitable, but life goes on. Wade is living proof that it's possible to find a way through the toughest times, especially with support from family and loyal friends like Wade's pals Michelle, Ben, Delia and Forrest. Push through the grief, and one day you'll find yourself dancing like nobody's watching when you (think) you're alone in the kitchen.

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3. Our Homes Are Always Open

Actors \u200bDaniel Ezra and Taye Diggs in TV show All American.

Daniel Ezra as Spencer James and Taye Diggs as Billy Baker in The CW series All American.

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Billy Baker, All American

As the varsity coach of fictional South Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) is a father figure to many, including star athlete Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), who eventually moves into his coach's home.

Inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger, The CW drama series All American captures their poignant relationship and showcases the positive power of parenting—even when the father figure isn't related by blood.

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4. We Can Work It Out

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Lance Barber as George Sr. in Young Sheldon.

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George Cooper Sr., Young Sheldon

George (Lance Barber) is a Texas high school football coach with a science-obsessed super-nerd for a son. The budding genius's fondness for bowties and Newtonian physics might be difficult for his dad to relate to, but George Sr.'s support and love for Sheldon (Iain Armitage) shines through when it counts, especially when the two put their heads together to convince Mary to let Sheldon attend college in the Season 3 finale.

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5. Family Comes First

Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, David Levy, and Annie Murphy in TV show Schitt's Creek.

Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, David Levy, and Annie Murphy in Schitt's Creek.

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Johnny Rose, Schitt's Creek

Played by real father and son Eugene and Dan Levy, Johnny and David Rose were once part of a dynasty so rich that Johnny bought the town of Schitt's Creek as a joke birthday gift for his son. But when the Roses lose their fortune, they are forced to live in two adjacent rooms of a rundown motel in Schitt's Creek, the only asset the government didn't seize because they thought it had no value. How wrong they were.

At first dismayed by little things like a leaky roof, Johnny slowly discovers what really matters: family, even if yours is clueless about practical matters like ATMs, insurance, and the cost of Parisian eye cream ("You want the smooth under-eyes of a 16-year-old? Get a job!"). Schitt's Creek's blend of humor and heart won legions of fans and reminded us that love matters more than luxury.

All seasons of Schitts Creek available to stream on Pop Now.

6. Learn To Laugh At Yourself

Rob Corddry and Omar Miller in TV show The Unicorn.

Rob Corddry as Forrest and Omar Miller as Ben in The Unicorn.

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Forrest and Ben, The Unicorn

Forrest (Rob Corddry) and Ben (Omar Miller) are champs when it comes to friendship and loyalty, but their skills as wingmen leave a lot to be desired, as they discover when they volunteer to take to widowed single dad Wade (Walton Goggins) out to meet women. Ben's attempts to flirt barely draw a glance from the ladies passing by, while Forrest's startle people enough to make them stumble. They might not have much game, but they've got plenty of humor. Life's too short not to laugh, even if you're sometimes the butt of the joke.

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7. Take A Stand For What's Right

\u200bCress Williams , Nafessa Williams, and China Anne McClain in TV show Black Lightning.

Cress Williams as Jefferson Pierce, Nafessa Williams as Anissa Pierce and China Anne McClain as Jennifer Pierce in Black Lightning.

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Jefferson Pierce, Black Lightning

After years of fighting The 100, Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams) hung up his superhero suit to spend time with his daughters and serve his community as principal of Garfield High. But he's soon reminded—and he reminds us, as Black Lightning—that problems don't get solved on their own, so we must all take a stand against injustice when we see it.

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8. Change Is Scary, But It's Unavoidable

\u200bMatthew McCann and Matt LeBlanc on the set of TV show Man With A Plan.

Matthew McCann as Teddy and Matt LeBlanc as Adam in Man With A Plan.

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Adam Burns, Man With A Plan

When his wife returns to work, Adam Burns (Matt LeBlanc) finds out he'll be spending a lot more quality time with his kids. Suddenly, this old-school dad is confronted with the challenges of modern parenting, from deodorant emergencies to veganism to a13-year-old girl "all whacked up on hormones." His three kids expect their "Fun Daddy" to be a pushover, but Adam learns to take charge and lay down the law—with plenty of laughs along the way. He's a good reminder that life is bound to throw you curves, so you might as well lean into them.

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9. Men Make Great Hosts

Will Estes, Vanessa Ray, Bridget Moynahan, Tom Selleck, Sami Gayle, and Donnie Wahlberg in TV show Blue Bloods.

Will Estes as Jamie Reagan, Vanessa Ray as Officer Eddie Janko, Bridget Moynahan as Erin Reagan, Tom Selleck as Frank Reagan, Sami Gayle as Nicky Reagan-Boyle, Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan in Blue Bloods.

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Francis "Frank" Reagan, Blue Bloods

"Family matters" is the underlying theme of this series, which regularly features four generations of the Reagan clan at the home of Frank (Tom Selleck) in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, for their weekly Sunday dinner. While the law-enforcement officer spends plenty of his off-duty time refereeing family squabbles, he's rightly confident that at this table, everyone has each other's backs.

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10. Never Give Up

Max Greenfield in the TV show The Neighborhood.

Max Greenfield as Dave Johnson in The Neighborhood.

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Dave Johnson, The Neighborhood

An eternal optimist, Dave Johnson (Max Greenfeld) refuses to be daunted by the initially reluctant reception he and his family get from their new neighbor Calvin Butler (Cedric the Entertainer) in The Neighborhood. True, Dave's prone to social blunders and he faces setbacks—including falling off the roof and accidentally knocking out the power in the Butlers' house—but he keeps trying.

Like every glass-half-full guy, he knows instinctively that things are hard before they get easy. And sure enough, as the show unfolds, he and Calvin discover each other's humanity under their differences.

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By Yolanda Crous

British actor Daniel Ezra didn't know much about American football when he scored the starring role of cornerback Spencer James in The CW's All American, so he had to master some new moves fast. "I took a football with me everywhere I went," recalls Ezra. "If I ran on a treadmill, I took a football. If I went on a walk, a football came, too. I wanted to get as comfortable with it as possible."

Actor Daniel Ezra of TV show All American.

Daniel Ezra as Spencer James in The CW series All American.

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Luckily, Ezra had a solid fitness foundation, thanks to years of working out with a fitness-coach father. All that training has paid off, as viewers can see in the scrimmage scenes (and shirtless close-ups) in Season 2. Watch talked with Ezra from his home in London to find out what he does to look the part.

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WAKE UP WITH A WORKOUT

No matter where I am, I will get up, meditate for 5 to 10 minutes, then do push-ups, sit-ups, squats, and calf raises. I'll work up a sweat, but it's more like waking myself up and getting in a good place to start my day.

MAKE A PLAN

I start with cardio. I'll usually skip rope or run—anything to get a sweat going. Then I'll weight lift and end with some ab work.

Daniel Ezra of talks to Taye Diggs in a scene from All American.

Daniel Ezra as Spencer James and Taye Diggs as Coach Billy Baker in All American.

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THINK BIG

It comes down to compound exercises, the ones that give your whole body a workout. Bench presses, squats, dead lifts, pull-ups—if you're not making those a regular part of your routine, it's going to slow your progress.

FOCUS UP

My favorite exercise is the dumbbell chest press. You can vary the grip or do it isolaterally, make it specific or slow it down. You can get almost an entire chest workout doing the dumbbell press. It's a great exercise to do if you're short on time.

Daniel Ezra of All American poses among racks of free weights.

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BE FLEXIBLE

One lesson I learned from my dad is anywhere can be a gym. We used to do workouts on the streets. We'd do push-ups on the curb with cars driving past us—all sorts of crazy stuff.

GET OUTSIDE

I love to go hiking. You just can't do that kind of thing in London. Any chance I get, I hike through the canyons or up to the Hollywood sign. I'm a sucker for a good view.

Daniel Ezra wears his on-field football gear in a scene from All American

Daniel Ezra embraces his role as football player Spencer James in All American.

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SNEAK IN A SET

If I need to get pumped up, I do push-ups in my trailer. It gets me energized for a scene, especially one that's emotional.

FIND THE RIGHT TIME

I prefer to exercise in the morning when I'm working on the show [in Los Angeles]. But there are definitely times when I can't sleep. Back home in London, there's a 24-hour gym right down the street from me—I can go anytime!

Originally published in Watch Magazine, September-October 2019.

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