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My So-Called Life Has 'Heartfelt, Overdue' Digital Reunion 

My So-Called Life Has 'Heartfelt, Overdue' Digital Reunion 

My So-Called Life

Wilson Cruz, who played the groundbreaking gay character Rickie Vasquez, shared details from the special Zoom meeting.

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My So-Called Life had a so-called reunion.

The cast of the groundbreaking 1994 sitcom came together on Zoom for an "overdue" meeting, as gay actor Wilson Cruz termed it in a Wednesday Instagram post that shared details of the event.

"Sooo... This happened the other night. Most of the #MySoCalledLife cast was available for what turned out to be a very comforting, sweet, heartfelt and overdue reunion," he wrote.

"We all have such love for each other, even 26 years later. It was overwhelming to see all of those faces together. A little silver lining around this covid cloud. We had a time," Cruz added.

In addition to Cruz, the gathering featured Claire Danes, Bess Armstrong, Devon Odessa, Tom Irwin, Paul Dooley, Mary Kay Place, Devon Gummersall, A.J. Langer, and creator Winnie Holzman. Jared Leto, who portrayed the teen dreamboat Jordan Catalano, was the only major absentee.

My So-Called Life starred Danes as Angela Chase, a teen navigating high school and parents alongside friends Rickie Vasquez (Cruz) and Rayanne Graff (Langer). This series, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, was a critical hit but an initial ratings flop -- it was canceled after only one season, which ended in a cliffhanger. However, it accrued a cult following over the years after it was reaired on MTV.

As Vasquez on My So-Called Life, Cruz became the first openly gay actor to portray a gay role on a major American television series. The show was its game-changing in its portrayal of Vasquez, who endured bullying and homelessness as a result of his sexual orientation.

Cruz has continued to be a trailblazer as an actor and activist. He portrayed one of the first gay characters in the Star Trek universe, Dr. Hugh Culber, on Star Trek: Discovery. Cruz was also a producer of Visible: Out on Television, a series about the history of LGBTQ representation that is one of Apple TV's most critically acclaimed releases.

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.