Nickelodeon has cast its first-ever openly transgender teenage actor in a live-action show, Sasha A. Cohen, who will be featured in the children network’s series Danger Force. The 13-year-old actor — along with his twin sister Natalie Cohen — will appear on the June 19 episode of Danger Force, according to a report by Variety.
Fellow Nickelodeon star Michael D. Cohen (no relation) — who is also transgender — told the outlet that he wants “Sasha to see his own power as an actor and as a human.”
“I want him to feel proud of his work and feel real confident in himself in every aspect and to know that he will help change kids’ lives by being the first kid of trans experience on Nickelodeon in live action,” Michael D. Cohen added.
Michael D. Cohen — who revealed to TIME in 2019 that he was born a female but transitioned