Have any foster youth said anything to you in particular about your role as a foster child?
Yeah. We had a group of foster kids come through and visit the set. We all sat down and had lunch with them. It was really great—particularly for me, Cierra, and Jake who play adopted children. So that was huge for me and I think the writers really responded to their story as well. In the first season you get a more narrow experience of adoption and foster care, but in the next few episodes you are exposed to a lot of different characters and a lot of new characters have different experiences of foster care and of going through the system. I think that’s what those foster kids are really wanting is different aspects of the system being shown and their own stories being told. I think we’ve done that in the new episodes and I’m really excited about that.
At the end of last season there was a cliffhanger involving Callie. With the premiere of the Winter Season, is there anything you can share with us for the readers of the Huffington Post Gay Voices about what we might expect?
I’m not sure how much I can give away! You see Callie and Wyatt have just been going on a road trip. You see their relationship grow and how that affects Brandon, and how Callie’s absence affects the whole family, particularly Jude who, you know, is Callie’s everything. You see how Jude reacts to her leaving. The family is obviously devastated and trying to get her back, so I guess we’ll see what happens.
A lot of different things revealed. Callie does learn a lot about herself and Callie’s father comes into the picture. So she has to kind of confront some things with her father that she hasn’t really let herself face, which is pretty huge for her and sends her on a little bit of a spiral. So it’s, yeah, pretty interesting!
Thank you for taking the time to speak with us.
Absolutely. It’s such a great thing that RaiseAChild.US is doing, and I’m glad to be part of it. Have a g’day!
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