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Last Call

Walton Goggins pours a cocktail from a shaker.

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Walton Goggins (The Unicorn) caused a stir, shaking up the perfect summery drink.

The Unicorn airs Thursdays 9:30/8:30c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

Better Late than Never

James Corden performs his talk show hosting duties from a converted garage.

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The Late Late Show with James Corden converted the funny man's garage into a makeshift studio.

Watch The Late Late Show with James Corden Weeknights at 12:37am/11:37pm c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Picard Meets The Bard

Sir Patrick Stewart reclines in his backyard holding a book of sonnets.

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Star Trek: Picard's Patrick Stewart recited a Shakespeare Sonnet a Day, and left fans swooning.

Star Trek: Picard streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

Three Cheers

Collage of Audra Macdonald, Meryl Streep, and Christine Baranksi in bathrobes and with cocktails sharing a sing-along.

The Good Fight stars Christine Baranski and Audra McDonald– plus Meryl Streep –quaffed and crooned in their bathrobes to celebrate Broadway com-poser Stephen Sondheim.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

Comic Relief

A masked Nyambi Nyambi stands amongst the aisles of a packed comic book shop.

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A masked Nyambi Nyambi (The Good Fight) supported his local comic bookstore.

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

Sweet Celebration

Maya Lynne Robinson of The Unicorn proudly displas her home made t-shirt proclaiming "Be Kind."

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Maya Lynne Robinson (The Unicorn) marked her birthday with social distancing, and a message to "Be Kind."

The Unicorn airs Thursdays 9:30/8:30c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

Wet 'n Wild

Stephen Colbert looks forlorn as hesits in a sudsy bathtub while wearing his suit.

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Stephen Colbert made a splash, broadcasting The Late Show from his bathtub.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs Weeknights at 11:35/10:35c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

Kitchen Confidential

Katy Keene star Lucy Hale stands in her kitchen holding up a total failure of an attempt to make banana bread.

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Katy Keene star Lucy Hale wasn't shy about showcasing her banana bread "baking fail."

Stream every episode ofKaty Keene free only on The CW.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

Photo Credit: James White. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.


The ladies—and let's not forget the men!—of The CW's music-infused dramedy Katy Keene have served up some envy-inspiring ensembles. These New York legends-to-be aren't afraid to express themselves through fashion, giving us all the looks we can't wait to try out.

Stream every episode of Katy Keene free only on The CW.

Time To Shine

Ashleigh Murray in The CW show Katy Keene

Josie in Katy Keene.

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Riverdale's favorite former Pussycat doesn't shy away from the spotlight, and neither do her outfits. Josie McCoy's (Ashleigh Murray) glistening gold romper is the perfect choice for a singer who wants to stand out.

Flirty And Fun

Lucy Hale in The CW show Katy Keene

Katy in Katy Keene.

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As an aspiring fashion designer, Katy Keene (Lucy Hale) knows a thing or two about mixing patterns—and we admire her ability to do it without hesitation. Plus, that heart-patterned jacket—hearts are one of Katy's signature sartorial motifs—is to die for.

Keep It Casual

Lucy Hale in The CW show Katy Keene

Katy in Katy Keene.

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Even when Katy dresses down in a simple tee and jeans, she makes a statement. (Clearly she got the memo on initials and monograms trending everywhere from clothing to jewelry.) We're taking notes on how to keep this casual style fresh!

Pull Out The Turtlenecks

Luke Cook in The CW show Katy Keene

Guy in Katy Keene.

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A houndstooth blazer and basic black turtleneck—the sleekest look by far: When you're a famous fashion designer like Guy LaMontagne (Luke Cook), you stick to the classics.

The Eccentric

Julia Chan in The CW show Katy Keene

Pepper in Katy Keene.

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Socialite Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) constantly takes her style to the next level in fun—and totally out there!—looks. This It girl is going to set the fashion world on fire.

Sparkle Plenty

Julia Chan Lucy Hale and Ashleigh Murray in The CW show Katy Keene

Pepper, Katy, and Josie in Katy Keene.

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When these three get together, only amazing—and super-sparkly—things happen. A night out isn't complete without a heavy dose of shimmer and sequins, whether it's Josie's glittery grass skirt–style peplum top or Pepper's striped sequined shirt (paired with, of course, army-green overalls).

A Fashion Icon

Jonny Beauchamp in The CW show Katy Keene

Jorge in Katy Keene.

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Speaking of sparkle… who says glitter is just for the ladies? Jorge Lopez (Jonny Beauchamp) has a knack for catching your attention, and it shows. We're not mad that he can rock a sequined bomber jacket better than we can!

Josie And This Combo

Ashleigh Murray in The CW show Katy Keene

Josie McCoy in Katy Keene.

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Josie doesn't fail to bring her animal (fashion) instincts to New York with her. Now an up-and-coming solo artist, Josie loves to add a pop of something bold—like a leopard print—to her outfits to give her that extra oomph in the recording studio.

Stage Presence

Jonny Beauchamp in The CW show Katy Keene

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Jorge's alter-ego Ginger knows how to captivate an audience. From slinky bodysuits to vibrant frocks—like this flirty NYC taxi-inspired number—the talented drag queen oozes star quality and style.

All Pink Everything

Lucy Hale, Jonny Beauchamp, and Nathan Lee Graham in The CW show Katy Keene

Katy, Jorge, and Francois in Katy Keene.

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Katy's monochrome look—in one of her go-to hues, pink—is everything we need right now. It's clean, cheery, and the perfect pick-me-up.

Stream the entire first season of Katy Keene free only on The CW.

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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.

Stream full episodes of Riverdale free only on The CW.

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!

Stream full episodes of Black Lightning free only on The CW.

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.

Stream full episodes of Katy Keene free only on The CW.

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."

Stream full episodes of Supergirl free only on The CW.

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.


Stream full episodes of Riverdale free only on The CW.

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."


Stream full episodes of All American free only on The CW.

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."


Stream full episodes of Dynasty free only on The CW.

Photography by James White. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

By Julie Klam

On a chilly Saturday afternoon in December, in a large warehouse-y studio in Manhattan, Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Jonny Beauchamp, and Julia Chan—stars of The CW's new show Katy Keene—are in the midst of a photo shoot/love fest. They sling their arms around each other, look at one another's phones, and revel in their togetherness. An incredibly cool DJ with long braids and a midriff top spins records—everything from Deee-Lite's "Groove Is in the Heart" and Lizzo to vintage Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!" With each new song, Beauchamp shrieks and breaks into a 90-second club dance.

There are racks of clothes that look like they came from the closets of Carrie Bradshaw and David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust—sequins, feathers, and glitter. Add the fancy yet fitness-friendly food spread (grilled chicken salad, crusty breads, and healthy grains) with buckets of iced sparkly water, and this definitely feels more like a party than work.

Jonny Beauchamp, Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, and Julia Chan of TV show Katy Keene.

On Beauchamp: Jacket and pants by Norma Kamali. On Hale: Blouse and skirt by Valentino. Ear cuff by Saskia Diez. On Murray: Blazer by Frame. Earrings by Gas Bijoux. On Chan: Dress by MSGM. Earrings by Mondo Mondo.

Photography by James White. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

And boy, is this show going to be a party. Katy Keene is the spinoff of the mega-hit Riverdale, but instead of high school, the characters are in their 20s. And instead of Riverdale, they live in New York City. And instead of darkness and death, they're dealing with more pedestrian issues, such as clubbing, fun, and fashion. Lucy Hale, Ashleigh Murray, Jonny Beauchamp, and Julia Chan play four friends who look fabulous in tiny clothes (see healthy food spread above) and are each trying to follow their individual dreams in the big city, played by the Greatest City in the World: New York.

Can anything stop this glamorous gang from achieving their dreams? Don't count on it.

Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars, Privileged, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2) is the titular star of Katy Keene. Katy is an aspiring fashion designer who pays the bills by working as a personal shopper at the high-end (think Bergdorf's) Lacy's department store. She works for devil in Prada-esque Gloria Grandbilt (Katherine LaNasa) and has to fight her way among less pure-hearted colleagues.

Lucy Hale in a brown leather trench coat.

Trench coat by Sportmax. Shoes by Pierre Hardy. Ring by Stephen Dweck

Photography by James White. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Katy wants to be a fashion designer, and she's creating and working with fashion all the time. Are you also that into clothes?

LH: I am! I mean not as passionately as Katy; I don't sew or make my own clothes, but I love fashion, in that it's such a great representation of who a person is. There are no rules. It's all opinion-based, and it's why I love it. You can do whatever the hell you want, and nobody can say what's right or wrong.

In the pilot episode, Katy is wearing a lot of hearts on her clothes—like Queen of Hearts quantities. What statement are you trying to make with that?

LH: We really wanted to pay respect to the comic, and in the comic, Katy Keene loves red and she loves pink and she loves hearts, so that kind of is the theme, at least throughout season one. And it's funny because when Katy is sad, she'll wear jeans and a blue sweater, but most of the time she's very bright, very pink, very red.

Is working on a New York show that really uses New York something new for you?

LH: A lot of our creators and writers grew up in New York, and it has such a big place in their heart, they wanted to showcase it. They wanted it to be the New York of their dreams. It isn't all the glittery, sparkly parts of it; it also shows the grit and the edge and the hustle of it, and being told no and the struggle of being a 20-something in the city.

I watched you guys between shots, and is it me or can you not get enough of each other?

LH: I realized as I've gotten older and done multiple shows that it's great if you can make friends with the cast, but you don't have to. Then it's just a job. But with this show, it's been effortless and organic. I love these people.

Lucy Hale in a brown leather trench coat.

Trench coat by Sportmax. Ring by Stephen Dweck

Photography by James White. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

How much are you like Katy?

LH: Oh, she reminds me so much of my younger self. I moved to L.A. when I was 15, not really knowing what I was getting into. I was a little bit naive, but I knew it would work out. I wanted to take on the project because I was like, "This is me; this is my story, just in a different city and different career." It's one of those shows that makes you want to go out and do whatever your heart is set on.

Do you see this show as an extension of Riverdale or more of a jumping-off point and its own entity?

LH: I think that people are going to be very surprised at how different it is from Riverdale. It's bright, happy, and optimistic. Hopefully the people who watch the show are going to be left feeling inspired. We are living in a time in the world with such darkness onscreen and off, and I think it's really important for shows like this to be made. It can be that bright little light that people need.

New York–based singer and actress Ashleigh Murray (Deidra & Laney Rob a Train) is Josie McCoy, one of Katy's roommates and the only character to come directly from Riverdale. Josie (whom Murray played from 2017 to 2019) has left The Pussycats and Riverdale to come live in New York City and make a go of it as a solo act. Josie becomes romantically involved with the sexy (and possibly sketchy) music executive Alexander Cabot.

Ashleigh Murray in a white feather dress and Julia Chan in a green fluffy chiffon dress.

On Murray: Dress by Pamella Roland. Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Earrings by Daisy London. On Chan: Dress by Lirika Matoshi. Tights by Calzedonia. Shoes by Mia Becar. Barrette by Denim & Daisy.

Photography by James White. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

The show is about four 20-somethings following their dreams in New York trying to break into the big time. Can you relate?

AM: Oh, yes! It's a different industry, singing versus acting, but it's still the same, living in an apartment that costs a lot of money with very little space, having more than one job in order to support yourself, and also trying to find the time to be creative and pursue your dreams. It very much aligns with what it was like for me starting out.

Will Riverdale fans come to Katy Keene?

AM: I believe so. Just the fact that it's another extension in the Archie Universe is exciting, and the fact that no one's dying on our show [laughs] is appealing. There's a different type of drama that's grounded in more realistic situations.

Ashleigh Murray in a white feather dress.

Dress by Pamella Roland. Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Earrings by Daisy London.

Photography by James White. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

How were you feeling about the show's possibilities when you were shooting the pilot?

AM: The pilot is the pilot, and it's great, but when you get further into the show, it just gets better and better. One of the really cool things for me was that when we shot the pilot we were pretty much 90-something percent shooting on location, and everywhere we went was someplace that I had either lived or had a monumental life experience working toward my career.

In the pilot, Josie gets "discovered" by Alexander Cabot when she is singing with a busker in Washington Square Park. Did anything happen to you there?

AM: Yes! Right around the corner from there was where I did my very first off-off-Broadway show after college.

Katy's third roommate is Jorge, an aspiring Broadway dancer who works in his family's bodega. He also performs as Ginger, his drag alter ego, and may take that path more seriously as the series evolves. He's played by the multitalented Jonny Beauchamp, known for Penny Dreadful, Chicago P.D., and as Ray Garcia, the lead in Roland Emmerich's 2015 film Stonewall.

You seemed really happy to see your fellow cast members today.

JB: We are! I mean, people always say that, but it's really true for us. We have very long days, and it's nice when you're stressing and you look right or look left and you see your girls right there! We are cracking jokes and we are dancing and we are singing.

Jonny Beauchamp smiling and wearing a red jacket.

Jacket and pants by Norma Kamali.

Photography by James White. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

There is an upcoming episode with the great Shangela from RuPaul's Drag Race, who is truly a queen. Did she give you any advice?

JB: OMG, I was quizzing Shangela left and right for tips! And she was actually really sweet, but I was just fangirling over her. I've never done drag professionally, but I've played a lot of drag queens. I was never active in the ballroom scene, but I would call myself "Ballroom Adjacent."

There is a scene in the pilot that is sort of an homage to A Chorus Line. Were you involved with that?

JB: That was my very first day shooting. I love A Chorus Line, and it was a dream. And all of the dancers on that stage were invited. These are the crème de la crème of Broadway dancers. They were so great; it was like working in a big hug.

Jonny Beauchamp shirtless in a scarlet red suit.

Jacket and pants by Norma Kamali.

Photography by James White. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Your character is gay and Latino. Do you feel any responsibility to that representation?

JB: Well, Michael Grassi, one of our producer-writers, was responsible for putting the first transgender teen character on a regular TV series on Degrassi: The Next Generation. So they've always been boundary pushers, but they aren't doing it cheaply. They want to do it with honor and do it with respect and love, so I felt very confident that it would be done well.

You are the only cast member who is a real New Yorker. Do you ever feel like, this is exactly it, or this is not what I know?

JB: I am born and bred in New York—born in the Bronx! But New York is so ever-changing, it's like I'm always finding new things, and I love rediscovering it with my girls! New York isn't just a character in the show: She's the lead and we all just make her look good.

Pepper Smith is a New York City "It Girl." She knows everyone and who and what is hot and what's not. She dreams of opening up her own version of Andy Warhol's Factory. Pepper is a little mysterious. No one knows where she gets her money, but her secrets are part of her charm. She is played by Julia Chan, who grew up in Hong Kong and London and attended Harvard before getting her master's degree in New York. Her other credits include A Kid Like Jake (opposite Claire Danes) and BoJack Horseman.

Pepper is an unusual and mysterious character. Are you anything like her?

JC: Well, I would like to say I'm certainly not as duplicitous as she is, but we definitely share a love of whimsical fashion. She's actually not that far from me on the most daring of my sartorial days. But Pepper is a great friend, and I hope I am! We are trying to find a balance on the show; you know she is multilayered and kind of takes a long time to get underneath. She's got a lot of secrets, but she's a good listener and absolutely loves her friends. Adores them! So if that comes through with the character, it will balance out the con artist part.

Julia Chan in a fluffly green chiffon dress.

Dress by Lirika Matoshi. Tights by Calzedonia. Shoes by Mia Becar. Barrette by Denim & Daisy.

Photography by James White. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

You lived in New York when you started out your career. Does the show bring back memories?

JC: Yes, I came to New York when I graduated university in my early 20s, so I lived this! The city is a fickle mistress. She will really knock you about and then be an absolute delight on the best of days. I so get it; living here and knowing that your friends are around you is essential. I mean, some people have their family around them, but not many of us. So I had my great friends, and I still do. I needed them to weather the city. New York is like the fifth roommate. The show is a love letter to [the city]. There's the realness and the dreamy romantic feeling of the city, and how exciting it can be.

Do the characters' relationships on the show remind you of your own friendships?

JC: I hope the audience will see the chemistry that the four of us feel that we have as people and also as characters. I felt it right away as soon as we shot the first scene of the four of us in the apartment. I was like, "This is special." I've made family here, and I definitely don't feel that on every job. It's a testament to the creators, producers, and casting people that they managed to figure out what I think is a combination that is quite special. I spend a lot of time wondering how it's possible that I'm getting paid to do this, to be quite frank. None of this is hyperbole; this is truly a dream job.

Ashleigh Murray, Julia Chan, Jonny Beauchamp, and Lucy Hale for a fashion photo shoot.

On Murray: Sweater by Enza Costa. Earrings by Gas Bijoux. On Chan: Sweater by Enza Costa. Rings by Mondo Mondo. On Beauchamp: Top by Galaxy by Harvic. On Hale: Dress by Enza Costa. Rings by Daisy London. Earrings by Saskia Diez.

Photography by James White. Styled by Sasha Charnin Morrison.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, March-April 2020.

PHOTOGRAPHY: James White

STYLED BY: Sasha Charnin Morrison

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