Jan 07, 2020 02:00 PM EST

Transgender Actress Josie Totah Joins Saved by the Bell Reboot

Transgender Actress Josie Totah Joins Saved by the Bell Reboot
Transgender actress Josie Totah has signed on to join the cast of the upcoming "Saved by the Bell" reboot. She will play the popular Bayside High student, Lexi.

The actress came out as transgender in 2018 and is known for her role on the Mindy Kaling-produced show "Champions".

"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," said Totah.

The original "Saved by the Bell" aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. Original castmembers Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez will reprise their roles for the series.

No word yet on a premiere date for the show.
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