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Star Trek: Discovery season 3 to introduce series’ first major trans, nonbinary characters

Blu del Barrio will play Adria this October

Blu del Barrio as Adria on Star Trek: Discovery Image: CBS All Access
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Star Trek continues to boldly go where so many other shows really should.

The third season of Star Trek: Discovery, due this October, will introduce the first major non-binary and transgender characters in the history of the Star Trek franchise, GLAAD announced Wednesday. Trans actor Ian Alexander of The OA and The Last of Us Part 2 will play a Trill named Gray. The non-binary character, Adira, will be played by newcomer Blu del Barrio. In a new interview, del Barrio says the reveal of their non-binary gender is part of the character’s arc, and is revealed when they become closer to Stamets and Culber.

“Adira is a wonderfully complex character,” Barrio told GLAAD. “Mainly because of this duality they have within them: they’re astonishingly intelligent and yet they’re still a kid. They experience their emotions at a heightened level, like most teenagers. That’s what makes them so fun to play. I like to describe them as cerebrally brilliant and emotionally a puppy. Adira is an introvert, but they keep a few people close to the chest, which I definitely resonate with. I don’t want to say too much and get in trouble, but all in all, Adira is a uniquely strange and beautiful character.”

Star Trek: Discovery season 3 will see the return of Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham and the rest of the Discovery crew. Joining the cast along with del Barrio and Alexander is David Ajala, set to star as a mysterious new character named Cleveland Booke. The show returns on Oct. 15 to CBS All Access.

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