Meet the Logo30: Ian Alexander

The young "The OA" star embodies a new trans visibility in Hollywood.

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2019 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to learn more about the series.

Brit Marling, co-creator and star of the Netflix show The OA, and co-creator Zal Batmanglij were told that it might be impossible to cast one role in particular, that of Buck Vu, a 14-year-old Asian-American trans male. So Marling and Batmanglij put out the call on social media.

Ian Alexander landed on a Tumblr post about the character, and despite never having acted before, submitted a video and was cast in the role. Alexander was equal to the task, and in the first season he portrays Buck’s strength, guilt, and sadness with a understated sensitivity.

Season 2 of the show has been released with Alexander returning as a more mature Vu—but he also plays Michelle, a new character who embodies one of the series’ many mysteries.

Alexander spoke with Logo the same day as a visit to the doctor: Having turned 18 that same week, he was now eligible for testosterone treatments as part of his gender transition.

Watch Logo’s full interview with Alexander below.

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