OK, this may be hard to believe, but former Disney Channel star Josie Totah is all grown up! Yep, you may remember her from the fan-favorite show Jessie, but now, the actress is 21-years-old and ready to take on the world!
For those who missed it, Josie seriously inspired fans everywhere in August 2018 when she came out as transgender in an essay published by Time. The piece — titled “My Name Is Josie Totah — And I’m Ready to Be Free” — allowed her to express herself and announce to fans that, “My pronouns are she, her and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female.” Josie also opened up about how she allowed herself to get placed in a box for several years before coming out.
“In the past, I’ve halfway corrected people by telling them I identify as LGBTQ. I wasn’t ready to be more specific,” she told Time. “I was afraid I wouldn’t be accepted, that I would be embarrassed, that the fans who knew me from the time when I acted in a Disney show would be confused. But I realized over the past few years that hiding my true self is not healthy. I know now, more than ever, that I’m finally ready to take this step toward becoming myself. I’m ready to be free. So, listen up y’all: You can jump on or jump off. Either way this is where I’m heading.”
Shortly after, the Liv & Maddie alum took to Instagram and wiped her feed, starting over with a post in September 2018 captioned, “What’d I miss?” Since then, she’s nabbed some major roles in Hollywood and started college. So far, she’s starred in Peacock’s Saved By The Bell reboot, Netflix’s Moxie, Spider-man: Homecoming, Paramount+’s iCarly reboot, No Good Nick, Big Mouth, Human Resources and Mr. Mayor.
The actress also created a podcast with her Saved by the Bell costar Alycia Pascual-Peña and their BFF, Yasmine Hamady. The podcast is called “DareWeSay,” where they get real about everything from hookup culture to critical race theory to LGBTQ+ rights.
Yeah, it’s safe to say Josie is killing it! Wondering what else she’s up to? Scroll through our gallery for a look what Josie Totah’s life, including what she’s up to now.
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