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Josie Totah Plays Lexi, a Cheerleader on the ‘Saved by the Bell’ Reboot

The revamped model of Saved by the Bell brings up new questions on points like systematic inequality or racism, with a daring angle the unique highschool comedy collection was, arguably, low on. 

That includes new faces like Josie Totah, Mitchell Hoog, and Haskiri Velazquez, and returning solid members like Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez, the reboot takes a contemporary have a look at what on a regular basis life is like at Bayside Excessive. 

Josie Totah performs Lexi, a trans cheerleader on ‘Saved by the Bell.’

On Saved by the Bell, Josie performs Lexi, a mightily fashionable and all of the extra highly effective cheerleader with a robust sense of fashion and a good sharper tongue to match. A member of the in-crowd, Lexi is usually noticed alongside Mac (Mitchell Hoog), the Governor of California and Bayside alum, Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar)’s son. 

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Josie got here out publicly through an essay revealed by Time Journal in August 2018, having already constructed a powerful portfolio as an actress. Following her first breakthrough with a 2012 quick movie, titled Hip Children, she went on to seem on TV collection like Glee, Jessie, and Champions

As she defined within the essay, she first discovered about hormone alternative remedy at age 14, whereas watching a docuseries titled I Am Jazz together with her mom. She instantly knew that she needed to do the identical factor, and together with her mom’s assist, she had her first medical appointment inside days. 

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As Josie revealed within the essay, not each a part of the transition was simple. For some time, she struggled with extreme anxiousness and self-doubt.  

“Like many trans folks, I developed critical anxiousness as I hid who I used to be. In some methods, I felt like I used to be mendacity by letting folks imagine I used to be that homosexual boy. I additionally couldn’t be myself,” she wrote.

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As a producer of ‘Saved by the Bell,’ Josie had extra of a say in her character’s narrative arc.

The difficulties that Josie confronted are pushed to the background of Saved by the Bell, one of many few reveals that do not deal with being transgender as a definitive trait of 1’s identification. 

“Attending to play a job that’s dynamic and fascinating and greater than what folks take into consideration on the surface is such a present as an actor,” Josie instructed Teen Vogue.

“[Lexi is] this imply, enjoyable, aspirational, fantastical character that additionally occurs to be transgender — nevertheless it [isn’t] every thing about her. That was actually vital to me and the those who I talked to within the trans neighborhood as a result of a lot of the trans illustration in [media] has to do with wrestle …” she added. 

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” … and that is solely when it is executed in favor of trans folks, [most] of the time [the media] perpetuates the unfavorable stigmas and stereotypes that create the erasure of trans folks in our world,” she went on to say. 

As a producer, Josie had a say in her character’s narrative arc. Working in shut collaboration with showrunner Tracey Wigfield, she hoped to create a cheerleader who relishes in drama and is presented with the power to coin some snappy comebacks. 

Saved by the Bell is on the market on Peacock now.  

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