Billy Porter
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United States


Most people know Porter for playing Pray Tell in “Pose” — for which he earned his second consecutive Emmy nod after winning the first — and his fashionable gender subversion on red carpets. But before gigs in films including early 2020’s “Like a Boss” and guest appearances on “The Twilight Zone” and “The Simpsons,” he was a theater veteran and Tony winner. He has kept his stage roots in mind throughout the pandemic as a founding member of Black Theatre United, headlining the artist-activist group’s campaign for census awareness. As Hollywood productions resume, he’s on tap to play the fairy godmother in a modern retelling of “Cinderella” for Sony Pictures and to voice Audrey II in a new “Little Shop of Horrors.” Porter is also set for his directorial debut with “What If?” for MGM’s Orion Pictures, about a high school student who romantically pursues a trans classmate.


  • POSE


  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • New Power of New York
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Billy Porter to Make Feature Directorial Debut With Coming-of-Age Drama 'What If?'

Billy Porter to Make Feature Directorial Debut With Coming-of-Age Drama 'What If?'

Billy Porter will make his feature directorial debut with the coming-of-age story "What If?" from a screenplay by Alvaro García Lecuona for MGM's newly relaunched Orion Pictures.The story centers on a high school senior posting on social media about his crush on Kelsa, a trans girl at his school, resulting in the internet encouraging him to pursue the relationship. The two then navigate a senior year relationship that neither of them could have expected.Producers are Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa on...


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