Fresh Off the Boat - Constance Wu
Jessica Huang on the comedy Fresh Off the Boat lives with her family in a predominantly white neighborhood and has to deal with the struggles of being an Asian American in the south, just as the portraying actress Constance Wu lived through being raised in Richmond, Virginia. Wu has talked a lot about the systemic racism that prevails throughout Hollywood and feels lucky to shed light on through her comedy.
Girls - Lena Dunham
Lena Dunham has struggled with OCD from a young age and was lucky enough to pull from her real-life experiences to accurately portray it through her character Hannah Horvath in Girls.
The Secret Life of an American Teenager- Luke Zimmerman
Luke Zimmerman portrays Tom Bowman, Grace Bowman's older brother who has Down syndrome. Luke Zimmerman is an advocate for the Down syndrome community and he gets to expand the mind of the viewers and normalize people with disabilities on television.
Callie Tores- Grey's Anatomy
Sara Ramirez played Callie Torres for seasons on Grey's Anatomy and chose to come out publicly shortly after her character did. Sara grew up within a religiously Catholic family similarly to Callie and was able to mimic the same inner turmoil she experienced growing up as queer in the tv show.
Supergirl - Nicole Maines
Nicole Maines portrays the incredible Nia Nal on Supergirl, and adds to the wonderful representation of trans actors and characters. It wasn't mentioned until much later into her role that her character was trans, and the writers did a beautiful job seamlessly including it as a part of her story.
Lady Dyamite - Maria Bamford
In Lady Dynamite, Maria Bamford plays a fictionalized character of herself and is able to put her struggles with OCD on a platform that will not only humorously depict living with OCD, but also present it in a truthful manner.