Blu del Barrio is heading into the final frontier… and they’re making history in the process.
The non-binary Latinx actor has been cast on CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery’s third season as the first non-binary character in Gene Roddenberry’s iconic franchise that celebrates diversity via a sci-fi lens.
del Barrio will make their screen acting debut as the non-binary character Adira, who is highly intelligent with a confidence and self-assurance well beyond their years. They will find a new home on the USS Discovery and form an unexpected bond with Lt. Commander Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) and Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz).
“Star Trek has always made a mission of giving visibility to underrepresented communities because it believes in showing people that a future without division on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation is entirely within our reach,” said Michelle Paradise, co-showrunner and executive producer.
del Barrio was in their final year of studies at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art when they auditioned for the role. del Barrio has been acting in theater and short films before making their debut in Star Trek: Discovery.
Star Trek: Discovery has been moving the needle with inclusivity since season one. Sonequa Martin-Green made history as the first woman of color to lead a show in the Star Trek franchise. In addition, Rapp and Cruz play the first openly gay characters who are in a same-sex marriage in the franchise.
The third season of Star Trek: Discovery will premiere October 15. New episodes of the 13-episode season will be available on-demand weekly on Thursdays.