The L Word returned with all the drama of the original six seasons on Showtime, plus exponentially more drama with the new generation of LGBTQ character. The L Word: Generation Q has introduced L Word fans to Sophie Suarez (Rosanny Zayas) and Dani Nunez (Arienne Mandi) with their engagement drama and Sarah Finley (Jacqueline Toboni) with her dating drama and friendship with Shane (Katherine Moennig) as well as Micah Lee, the show’s first trans character. Micaa is a trans man as is the actor who plays him, Leo Sheng.
Micah had a nice date with Jose (Freddy Miyares) but Jose had to cancel their second date. That sent Micah back to the dating apps for a quick hookup. Leo Sheng spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet by phone before Christmas to preview what’s coming up for Micah on tonight’s The L Word: Generation Q and beyond every Sunday nig.
Micah’s relationship woes on ‘The L Word: Generation Q’ are true for a lot of trans men
The L Word: Generation Q is only Leo Sheng’s second acting role after the movie Adam. Playing Micah felt right to him because both he and Micah are Asian trans men. “Those are my most salient identities,” Lee said. Sheng confirmed that much of the relationship drama Micah explores rings tue.
“He does not have a relationship to dating and he usually kind of does hookups and has a lot of trouble being vulnerable,” Sheng said. “I thought that’s a really beautiful kind of beginning of a storyline.”
Why Micah chooses dating apps over monogamy
Micah and Jose had a good first date. Jose bailing on their second was a setback, but why give up and go straight to dating app hookups? Well, it’s not quite as simple as being patient with Jose, Sheng says. There’s Micah’s psychological drama at play.
“I relate to this idea of feeling like relationships are just too hard and that I think at some point so many people feel like maybe that’s just easier,” Sheng said. “I think that feeds into his storyline of not being good with vulnerability. I think hooking up and dating are so different. He’s kind of figuring out what suits him best and what he wants out of life.”
The future of Micah and Jose on ‘The L Word: Generation Q’
Leo Sheng wouldn’t totally give away whether Micah and Jose would continue dating. Only that there’s sure to be a lot more drama ahead on The L Word: Generation Q, and that’s drama regardless of being trans or gay.
“Relationships are hard,” Sheng said. “Relationships are messy. I think what I love about this is we get to see two queer people of color, two queer men of color and one is trans, navigate dating and not have it be becuase the character is trans. Sometimes drama comes up in real life that is outside of your identity, so you get to see them figuring out their rhythm and their flow and their dynamics.”