Open to It
Meet The Cast!
Frank Arthur Smith
Frank Smith is a here, queer writer and actor originally from Boston, Massachusetts. He most recently worked in the writers’ room on RAVEN’S HOME, the sequel to the hit series THAT’S SO RAVEN, for Disney Channel. Previously, he wrote an animated pilot with Tornante TV (BOJACK HORSEMAN), developed a live-action series with Vice Studios (FYRE), and rewrote a horror movie with Fangoria / Cinestate (THE STANDOFF AT SPARROW CREEK).
Before moving to California, Frank managed an organic chemistry lab, and planned to attend medical school. A few years ago, he starred in Episode 5 of the Emmy Award-nominated TIDYING UP WITH MARIE KONDO on Netflix.
Jason Caceres can be seen playing Jimmy Bennet on Criminal Minds. He is also thrilled to announce an appearance on upcoming Hulu show Pam & Tommy as well as on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Jason will also recur in Facebook’s first scripted show Turnt, Netflix’s Insatiable and Showtime’s Kidding. He will also be playing “Chayce” in the upcoming series “Boy Culture” directed by Q. Allan Brocka, as well as “Alejandro” in the horror series “Demonhuntr” by Tim O’Leary.
Elizabeth Boone is a recent graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. Her motto is “ if you believe it, then you can achieve it.”
Her passions are acting, singing, song writing, and watching anime. She is currently a writer’s assistant at The Ellen DeGeneres show. Now that she is in Los Angeles, she is excited to pursue her passions in entertainment and also create space for marginalized identities in the industry.
Jay Jackson, aka Laganja Estranja
"LOIS CARMEN DENOMINATOR"
Jay Jackson, aka Laganja Estranja, is a world-renowned drag artist, choreographer, music artist, cannabis advocate and LGBTQ+ icon. A U.S. Presidential Scholar in The Arts, Jackson earned both a Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts degree in dance and choreography from the California Institute of the Arts. Jackson regularly performs at festivals and events across the world. To date, Jackson’s performed in 14 countries spanning 5 continents. Jackson’s original music, videos and social media content including YouTube and the drag-centric platform World of Wonder have garnered hundreds of millions of views online.
Tim Wardell is a queer actor and writer originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He's been shortlisted for the Daytime Emmy Award for Best Actor for his role in the series Only Children. Last year he was nominated in Australia at the Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Louis in the epic play Angels In America. He is currently developing a project about a single, gay father after having the experience of being a foster father himself to a newborn baby during the pandemic in 2020.
Kimberly Nieva is a Los Angeles-based multi-gold record recipient, music industry executive who recently transitioned to a career in Acting. Though a seemingly unconventional change, Kimberly spent years of her Bay Area upbringing in local theater and returning to performance was an inevitable step. Recent training consists of Improv at Impro Theater, UCB’s improv curriculum, and Meisner at T.Schreiber Studio. You can currently see Kimberly on HULU’s Bite Sized: Uprooted.
Todd Lien is a SAG-AFTRA Taiwanese actor/singer based in Los Angeles. His stage credits include original musical "Songs of the Fall" in the Hollywood Fringe Festival, which won the Producer’s Encore Award; original Chinese Musical, "Happy Father's Day”; and two Chinese stage productions, "Lemon" and "Crazy Drama Club".
His film acting credits include the viral coming out short film, "Straight A”, which received almost 4 million views, distributed via YouTube Channel Queer Blick; “The Rescue”, the feature film with A-list Taiwanese actor Eddie Peng; the Asian Magic Mike video, distributed by actor/dancer Somlit Inthalangsy; “Boy Culture”, directed by Q. Allan Brocka; and "Why Him”, the feature film with James Franco. He has also worked on many commercial sets, such as the GAP holiday spot with Janelle Monae.