Daniel Sea (born January 7, 1977) is an American filmmaker, actor and musician. They rose to prominence by means of their position as Max Sweeney on Showtime’s drama sequence The L Phrase.
Daniel grew up in Malibu, California, raised by hippie dad and mom. After they have been a toddler, their father got here out as homosexual. Their stepfather taught them to surf and moved the household to Hawaii so they may get pleasure from higher browsing.
They ran away after they have been 16 from L.A. and moved to the Bay Space, “like an excellent homosexual child would.” Whereas there in Berkeley, they joined the DIY/punk/feminist/artist area Gilman Road Venture, studied improv appearing in Laney Faculty, and performed in a number of punk rock bands, together with The Gr’ups and Cypher within the Snow.
Sea traveled throughout Europe and Asia. They hitchhiked by means of Turkey, did some avenue theatre, and carried out as a hearth juggler with a touring circus in Poland. As a punk rocker, Sea and their band cross-dressed. At one level of their world travels, they lived in India for eight months as a person.
They’d at all times been gender non-conforming ultimately or one other, being referred to as a “tomboy” or “bizarre” as a toddler. Since shifting extra totally into the punk scene, Daniel was given the liberty to experiment and are available to a larger understanding on their gender. In a Could 2021 interview with Drew Gregory, Daniel expands upon their journey with gender. They discuss in regards to the beginnings of the language for non-binary identities and the way they needed to navigate that whereas taking part in a binary trans character, Max Sweeney, within the TV sequence The L Phrase.
They stated about their sexuality:
However I…do not consider that gender is simply binary, and I by no means have, so that is what pulls me to generally politically determine as a lesbian, as a result of I am a feminist, and I really feel like girls are nonetheless so suppressed. I do not really feel like we have come that far. However I additionally really feel like there are folks all alongside the spectrum, so in that sense, I really feel like I might be extra bisexual or simply, you already know, open-ended.
Sea later clarified their identification as trans, non-binary, gender expansive, and queer. They’ve additionally added the pronouns he/they to their bio on Instagram.
They at the moment dwell in Vienna, Austria.
After Sea returned from Europe, they moved to New York Metropolis and determined to re-enter the appearing world, giving an audition tape to a pal who labored on The L Phrase’s writing employees. Sea then received a name at their restaurant job in New York and was requested to fly to Los Angeles for an audition. They have been then supplied to carry out the position of Moira Sweeney, an androgynous pc technician who strikes from the Midwest with Jenny (Mia Kirshner). Over the course of the season, Moira comes out as a trans man, adopting the title Max Sweeney.
With their girlfriend of the time, Bitch, previously of Bitch and Animal, they helped to kind a band referred to as Bitch and the Thrilling Conclusion. They have been a part of the band The Thorns of Life with their longtime pals Blake Schwarzenbach (previously of Jawbreaker and Jets to Brazil) and Aaron Cometbus (of Pinhead Gunpowder and previously Crimpshrine). The band toured the West Coast and performed in New York Metropolis and Philadelphia from fall 2008 by means of winter 2009. Moreover The L Phrase, Sea’s filmography additionally consists of the movies Shortbus (2006) (with Bitch, each as themselves) and Itty Bitty Titty Committee, launched in 2007. Additionally they appeared within the John Cameron Mitchell-directed music video for Shiny Eyes’ “First Day of My Life” with Bitch. On February 17, 2009, they visitor starred on an episode of Legislation & Order: Particular Victims Unit as a transgender man, taking part in an identical position to Max Sweeney.
Daniel was forged in a number one position within the movie The Casserole Membership. Co-starring Susan Traylor, Kevin Richardson, Nice Gehman, and Garrett Swann, the movie is ready in 1969 and offers with broken relationships. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steve Balderson, filming passed off in Wamego, Kansas throughout fall of 2010.
Sea at the moment performs in an unnamed music undertaking with Will Schwartz. They performed their second present on the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, California, in October 2010.
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