“They wanted three white boys to play choir boys in this series that Tobey Maguire was starring in,” Cruz say on today’s episode of “The Big Ticket,” Variety and iHeart’s weekly podcast. “It was called ‘Great Scott,’ on Fox, and they wouldn’t see me because I wasn’t white. So I stormed [casting director] Sally Stiner’s office and badgered her to see me — and she did because I wouldn’t relent. She got me that part and was like, ‘You’re a freaking fighter.”
The job helped Cruz get his Screen Actors Guild card. A year later, he auditioned for “My So-Called Life.”
Cruz made history on the coming-of-age drama because not only was he openly gay, but so was his character Rickie.
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