TheBacklot: How did you land this part?
Tom Phelan: I had heard through a friend that they were looking for a trans actor to play a trans character. She let me know, and we called them. They said they would love me to audition. I went and it happened. It was all really fast, really awesome.
How did you approach playing Cole? He’s definitely a character with a lot of issues.
For a lot of it, I drew from my own experiences, because as a teenager, you go through a lot of turmoil, especially as a trans teenager. You go through a lot of stuff. It was surprisingly easy to access the character and access the places that Cole goes to.