Projects: Showtime’s “Shameless,” Freeform’s “The Fosters,” MTV’s “Faking It”
Three years after he came out as transgender, Elliot Fletcher was co-starring on three shows as three trans characters. On Freeform’s “The Fosters,” he played a sensitive volunteer. On MTV’s “Faking It,” he was a flirty musician who ended up dating the most popular gay guy in school. And on Showtime’s “Shameless,” Fletcher has a long-standing recurring role as Trevor, a straightforward LGBTQ advocate whose off-and-on relationship with Ian (Cameron Monaghan) challenges both to reconsider their worldviews and explore avenues they might otherwise not have.
Through social media and beyond, the 22-year-old Fletcher is extremely open about his experiences coming out at age 17 in an all-girls Catholic high school, transitioning, his career challenges and the cisgender roles he’d love to play (among those, for instance, is a villain, but he understands that trans characters have so often been typecast as bad guys that he would play the scoundrel only if portraying a cisgender man).
Fletcher has already broken barriers with his first few roles. Across the board, his characters in “Shameless,” “The Fosters” and “Faking It” are up front with their potential partners and firm with their boundaries. They get to have the kinds of sex scenes many cis, straight characters never do: patient, straightforward and mutually beneficial. Fletcher plays the kinds of trans characters and storylines, in other words, that TV could use so much more of.