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If this year has proven anything, it is that not all heroes wear capes. Actress Nicole Kang of The CW’s Batwoman has to agree. The show Batwoman premiered on The CW in October 2019 starring model and actress Ruby Rose as Kate Kane. Set after Batman mysteriously disappears, Kate takes up the Bat mantel to protect the streets of Gotham and fight for justice as Batwoman. Actress Nicole Kang plays Mary Hamilton, Kate’s stepsister and influencer-in-the-making who secretly runs an underground clinic for the marginalized of...
Asia Kate Dillon, the first ever non-binary performer to play a non-binary role on television, recently released an open letter to the SAG Awards Committee asking for the removal of the award show’s gendered acting categories. A star on the Showtime drama, Billions, Dillon first made headlines back in 2017 when they asked that the Television Academy clarify their gender distinctions. “I’d like to know if in your eyes, ‘actor’ and ‘actress’ denote anatomy or identity and why it is necessary to denote either in the first...
Dena wasn’t like the other roles May Calamawy had seen for Arab women.  When she auditioned for the role of Ramy’s sister in the eponymous Hulu series Ramy, she wasn’t playing a character that was fighting to protect her children or facing severe oppression. Instead, she was going out for the role of a 20-something law student who wants to move out of her parent’s place in Jersey. She’s annoyed by her brother and his entitlement as he explores his Muslim faith and tries to figure...
When I meet up with Barbie Ferreira in Brooklyn, she’s right at the end of a busy New York press trip. “It’s a whole new life for me,” she says. But it’s one she loves. Ferreira stars on Euphoria, HBO’s latest and grittiest hit show about an ensemble of teenagers navigating relationships, addiction, the Internet, and self-image. The show’s first season has brought us unmatched eye makeup looks, a terrifying glimpse into what Gen-Z teens are really up to, and an animated sex scene between two former members...
After five seasons, Netflix's She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is coming to an end, and the powerful 13-episode series finale is a testament to what happens when you have terrific writers in the room.  The magic of She-Ra lies in the incredible development of the characters over the past five seasons. No character is perfect, and each one has its arc, and back during regular times, we would see plenty of Catra, She-Ra, Glimmer, Entrapta, and Bow cosplayers at our annual comic cons.  COVID-19 has taken...
If you skate, you’ve probably heard of HBO’s upcoming series Betty, starring Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, and Rachelle Vinberg. But the show, which follows young women navigating the male-dominated world of skateboarding, wouldn't exist if not for mastermind Crystal Moselle, who brought Betty to life as writer, director, and executive producer. Moselle, a New York City-based director best known for her award-winning documentary The Wolfpack (2015) and her critically-acclaimed film Skate Kitchen (2018), said that the initial idea to do a film about girl skateboarders...
Run, HBO’s new rom-com thriller, should initially draw you in because of its creator and writer Vicky Jones and its executive producer Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Among other partnerships, these two worked together on Fleabag, and this new series also engages with comedy that acknowledges the darkness at humor’s edges. More than that, Run incorporates some of the escapist fluff that many of us need right now, but it denies firm genre boundaries with the flair of classic cinema.  The concept of the show starts from a traditional romantic comedy standpoint of...
Perhaps when we need her bubbly genius most, Mindy Kaling, along with co-creator Lang Fisher, is gracing our (computer) screens with her new show Never Have I Ever. The show follows 15-year-old Devi, an Indian-American who is navigating high school and relationships with her two best friends following a traumatic time in her life.  BUST spoke with Richa Moorjani, who plays Devi’s seemingly perfect older cousin Kamala who is pursuing her Ph.D. while living in Devi’s home. Coming from a family of performing artists, this is Richa's...
While one of the single-most iconic pieces of science fiction of all time, Star Wars has not necessarily always been the most gender-balanced series. True, some of the very best and most beloved figures in the saga have been power-house women. Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano, Rey, Jyn Erso, Rose Tico, the list goes on. But a majority of the storylines in the Star Wars universe have been focused on male characters. One of the latest installments in the Star Wars universe, The Mandalorian (which...
We, like much of the world, were today years old when we found out that Dolly Parton produced Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The '90s feminist drama series was perfect to begin with, but if there was one thing that could make it any better, it’s knowing that Queen Dolly had a hand in bringing it to the little screen. via GIPHY The show, which ran from 1997 to 2003, was produced by Sand Dollar Entertainment, a production company Parton created in 1986 with her friend and business...