It may come as a surprise to those who watched We Are Who We Are in 2020, but the show was actually teen actor Jordan Kristine Seamón’s first major acting role.
Jordan won widespread praise for her performance as Caitlyn – a character she later said inspired her to explore her own gender identity – holding her own against the likes of Chloë Sevigny, Kid Cudi and even her frequent scene partner Jack Dylan Grazer, who already had a number of big-screen credits to his name when filming began.
But as well as being a talented star on the rise in the acting world, the 18-year-old is also a budding musician, releasing her material for fans over her YouTube channel.
For our Over The Rainbow series, we spoke to Jordan about how We Are Who We Are gave her the Pride experience she’s still yet to have, and the joy she feels at being part of a new wave of queer Black talent making waves in the entertainment industry.
I came out when I was 16, and immediately afterwards I booked We Are Who We Are, and then Covid hit. So I’m so devastated, that I’ve never had the chance to go to Pride.
I am going to hang out with some friends at the end of this month, like a little get together of around 10 people. A small Pride. We’re all going to just chill and be gay and be happy.
And I had a bunch of fun [filming in Italy]. It really helped being on a show that was generally just so queer, and having a lot of fellow actors that were really open and honest about their experiences and their sexualities and everything. I felt really, really loved and accepted on set – and I learned so much about myself during the shooting process. Even though I didn’t get to go to Pride I’m glad I still got to have the experience of We Are Who We Are.
Hopefully, with things slowly opening up and happening I’ll be able to go to Pride next year. And next year, I’m going to go insane. People aren’t going to recognise me at all, I’m going to be crazy, it’s going to be a blast.