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Everything’s Gonna Be Okay Stars on Benchmark ‘Dual-Spectrum’ Wedding

Author: Tracy E. Gilchrist

The heartfelt Freeform dramedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay broke more ground with its second season finale on Thursday with TV’s first dual-spectrum wedding, which involved characters Matilda (Kayla Cromer) and Drea (Lillian Carrier), who are queer and on the autism spectrum. In an exclusive featurette, the show’s stars discuss what it meant to them to be a part of that storytelling.

From creator and star Josh Thomas, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay tells the story of Nicholas, a 20-something gay man who’d been living in Australia with his mother who becomes guardian to his teenaged (half) sisters when their father dies after a short illness. The show has been lauded for depicting the intersections of queer and neurodiverse identities.

After a rocky road in their relationship this season, 18-year-olds Matilda and Drea, who comes into her identity as homoromantic asexual, decide to seal their love with a wedding and to move in together despite Matilda’s sister Genevieve’s protestations over their being too young. Eventually, Genevieve (Maeve Press) gets on board and supports her sister, who she’s looked out for throughout their childhood.

Richard Kind, Maria Bamford, Josh Thomas, Maeve Press, Adam Faison, Lillian Carrier, and Kayla Cromer 

“The wedding did feel like a family event, just having this special moment for Matilda and Drea. And having them all be there just made it feel very special,” says, Cromer who is on the autism spectrum.

“This relationship in general has never been seen on television before, but a wedding like this is unheard of. It’s the first of its kind. It’s incredible,” says Carrier, who is on the autism spectrum and consults on the show.

“May your love stay special, and don’t forget to share chocolates and the housework,” Cromer says, toasting the characters.

Watch the behind-the-scenes featurette for the episode below.

Original Article on The Advocate
Author: Tracy E. Gilchrist

My name is David but my online nick almost everywhere is Altabear. I'm a web developer, graphic artist and outspoken human rights (and by extension, mens rights) advocate. Married to my gorgeous husband for 10 years, together for 24 and living with our partner of 1.5 years, in beautiful Edmonton, Canada.

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