Actor Theo Germaine on Queer Representation In TV

January 28, 2020

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Theo Germaine was working at a coffee shop in Chicago when they got a call about a role in a new Netflix series. That call changed their life. 

Theo, an Illinois native, plays “James” in the Golden Globe-nominated Nextlix series, The Politician. And they also play the character of Chris in the Showtime comedy set in Chicago called Work In Progress. 

Theo identifies as gender-nonbinary and many of the characters in Netflix’s "The Politician" engage in queer relationships, but gender and sexuality aren’t a major plot point. Theo joined us to discuss their role, their take on LGBTQ representation in Hollywood and their experience growing up in central Illinois.