Returning to Lifetime for a third season UnREAL is a behind the scene drama of Everlasting; basically, a Bachelor-esque reality show run by sociopaths. Jeffrey's character is basically is the show's queer black moral arbiter.
He came out to his agent when he was 21 and started auditioning for parts “I knew 10 years ago that I primarily wanted to play queer characters,” he says. “The few times I played straight it was just so obvious how uncomfortable I was making the producers.”
Jeffery stated that it's important to have diversity when dealing with a show-within-a-show and his character “He feels a responsibility—that if he wasn’t there, having contestants’ backs, particularly female contestants of color, things would be worse. I don’t think he’d be able to walk away knowing they’d be systematically destroyed.”
“I’d be watching TV with my white friends and they’d be able to say, ‘Oh, that’s me, I’m just like her, I’m just like him,’ ” says Bowyer-Chapman, who originally trained to be a gymnast and worked for years as an international model. “I never saw myself in mainstream representations.”
He knows that landing a part as a gay character on an Emmy-nominated series is a major coup and a positive direction for queer black representation on TV. However, he admits that he gets calls from agents who would like him to be "less gay", all in an attempt to book straight roles.
But he prefers to play gay characters he stated that “even if I never played a gay character again, I’d find another platform to use my voice.” and “There were so many queer black bodies in the industry that didn’t feel safe coming out and being themselves for fear of physical safety or abandonment,” Bowyer-Chapman says. “They were living in a state of self-protection. That hasn’t been studied enough, but it’s time we started documenting it. And living openly.”
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