Saved by the Bell star Josie Totah has opened up about her groundbreaking transgender role in the rebooted series.
While much of the original cast will reprise their roles for the reboot, which is set to premiere on NBC's streaming service Peacock on November 25, it will also see the introduction of a new batch of Bayside High students.
This will include Totah's character Lexi, a trans cheerleader – although her gender identity will not be the main focus of her arc throughout the series.
Speaking to GLAAD's Anthony Ramos ahead of the reboot's release, Totah opened up about the importance of bringing positive representation to the series, rather than focusing on negative aspects.
"Much of the time when it comes to trans representation, it is told through the lens of trans struggle, or portraying trans characters in a negative light," Totah said.
"Even the trans people that I've spoken to... are so excited about this, and just having those people in my life be happy about it means everything to me, because it's so needed and I'm so excited that we get to bring it to the forefront."
She added: "I hope we normalise acceptance of the trans community in our everyday lives."
In the reimagined Saved By the Bell, Josie Totah plays Lexi, the most popular girl at Bayside High who just happens to be transgender. Our head of talent @AnthonyRamosAH caught up with Josie to talk about the series, which premieres this month on @peacockTV. pic.twitter.com/FargGU8JNS
— GLAAD (@glaad) November 18, 2020
Totah also praised the show's writers for creating a character who is not solely defined by her gender identity.
"I was so grateful that our writers were so open to learning and they are open to being wrong, and I think all of those things are so, so important for growth and without them we are stagnant people and we can't evolve."
Saved by the Bell will premiere on Peacock on November 25.
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