While the show does have a variety of differences, including a focus on a Latinx family and main character, there is a similarity between the series and movie: the main gay character is not played by a member of the LGTBQ community.
There’s been a push—and debate—in Hollywood about casting gay actors as gay characters. Recently, The CW’s Batwoman committed to casting an out actor as the out superhero with Ruby Rose in season one and with a new actor in season two. And after winning numerous awards for playing Andrea Cunanan in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and getting his start as gay high schooler Blaine on Glee, Darren Criss said, “I want to make sure I won’t be another straight boy taking a gay man’s role.” Cate Blanchett, who played the lesbian title character in Carol, has spoken out about straight actors playing gay characters.
“I will fight to the death for the right to suspend disbelief and play roles beyond my experience. I think reality television and all that that entails had an extraordinary impact, a profound impact on the way we view the creation of character,” she said. “I think it provides a lot of opportunity, but the downside of it is that we now, particularly in America, I think, we expect and only expect people to make a profound connection to a character when it’s close to their experience.”