Who Plays Michael On 'Rise'? Ellie Desautels Plays An Important Role

In the pilot episode of Rise, Stanton High School's passionate English teacher/theater director Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radner) looks down at his roster of students and sees the name "Margaret (Michael) Hallowell." "What shall we call you?" he asks. "Michael," responds the character, portrayed by Ellie Desautels. It's a small but powerful moment, as we're formally introduced to a starring transgender role on primetime network TV — which is still a rarity in 2018 — played by a non-binary,...


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