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'Sex Education' will feature a new trans power couple in season 4—and it will be played by trans people

The show has put out a casting call for two trans actors to play the roles of Abbi and Kent, who are described as the 'epitome of couple goals.'

'Sex Education' will feature a new trans power couple in season 4—and it will be played by trans people
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Netflix's extremely popular comedy-drama "Sex Education" left Moordale High's future hanging in the balance at the end of its third season as students have been asked to find new schools to complete their last year following the withdrawal of the school's last investors. While things don't look too good for the sex-positive bucolic British high school, season 4 is already looking quite promising as the show is reportedly set to introduce a trans power couple in its next season. The exciting news broke out on the internet after Krishna Istha—a comedian and writer on the show's fourth season—shared a casting call from Laura Evans Casting for two trans actors to play the new characters.

In a tweet that has since gone viral, Istha wrote: "Casting call for two new trans characters in 'Sex Education' Season 4 @NetflixUK. Trans actors get on it!!! Please share with pals too!" In the casting call for the characters named Abbi and Kent, Abbi is described as a "young strand woman with a 90s Winona Ryder vibe, who is confident and self-assured in her gender identity. Abbi is the leader of her group and the queen bee of her college—every girl either wants to be like her or be friends with her."



 

"She's sunny, magnetic, generous and loyal," the description continues. "When Abbi came out as a trans woman, she was kicked out of the house by her conservative parents. She currently lives with her boyfriend, Kent, whose family are much more accepting. Abbi used to be religious but had to move away from her faith when it started to damage her sense of self. She still considers herself 'spiritual,' and attends a secular and inclusive congregation which celebrates community and chosen family."



 

Together, Abbi and Kent—who is described as "trans-masculine, goofy, forgetful, and a great listener—are said to be the "ultimate power couple." The pair have "been together for a while and are the epitome of 'couple goals,' everyone loves them," the casting call states. "Kent isn't as sure about being one of the popular kids as Abbi, but he knows himself and feels quietly confident about his final year at college." Although no release date for season 4 has as yet been announced, since the casting call requires that actors be fully available from April to November 2022 for filming in Wales, it is possible the upcoming season won't be available to stream until early 2023.



 

In a follow-up tweet, Istha also explained that those interested can apply from anywhere in the world. "For folks asking if they can apply if they don't live in the UK- YES you can! Anyone based anywhere can apply. Also, BIPOC assuming they can't apply cause no race description?! There's no race description because anyone can apply! BIPOC get in there," he wrote. The casting call also assures that one need not have any prior acting experience to apply. All they ask is for your name, contact details, a headshot or recent photo, and a little bit of information about yourself.



 

News of the trans characters follows an overwhelmingly positive response to the show introducing gender non-conforming artist, songwriter, poet and actor Dua Saleh as non-binary student Cal in season three. The show—which has consistently won praise for its dedication to diverse queer representation—has proven a massive hit ever since its first season landed on the streaming platform in 2019.

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