Newell: I would be perfectly fine with that because there are so many different angles to that. I go to different schools to visit friends and I see transgendered kids and it’s hard. Not too many television shows shed light on that, it’s that hidden thing that not everybody wants to talk about. But it is there and there are people that want to be able to turn the television on and see somebody else who is just like them. I feel like if I were able to that, I’d be beside myself and happy.
Alex really came into himself when he started performing in drag. Several times, Ryan Murphy has made comments that made it seem like he’d be interested in writing a trans character (one time was when Damian got the words to “Jesse’s Girl” wrong and sang “I want to be Jesse’s girl”). He, of course, has written several trans characters before, both in his old show Nip/Tuck and in the pilot for Pretty Handsome, a show that didn’t get picked up.
My only reservation about Alex playing that character is that he only has two episodes.
Also, with all the other avoidance of trans that Glee has done (and the suspicion that it is FOX at fault), is it even within their power to introduce a trans character?