This Gen Z cast of the Freeform show “The Come Up,” has brought the doc-reality series their generation needed.
Based in NYC, the city that never sleeps, this series follows six creatives trying to navigate relationships, friendships, hardships, success, and their careers in this docu-series that’s completely unfiltered to the harsh realities of what’s currently happening in the world. To “Come Up” during an age depicted by social media and comparisons, mental health has become a further growing concern throughout society. Coming of age during a time of pandemics and world crisis has propelled the childhoods of Gen Z to adapt and find their way in a world that many never knew before.
This unique perspective has given Gen Z the chance for this generation to redefine exactly who they are and what they want out of life–in all spaces. This means having the courage and power to take their generation forward by implementing change and leaving their positive impact on the world. I had the pleasure of speaking with “The Come Up” cast about what this new Gen Z series meant for their future. During our interview, Ben Hard, a rising performer and photographer, mentioned that there are “so many more beautiful things to come, and to keep looking for that and striving for it.”
Not only was the cast excited to show more in depth experiences about their lives so that viewers can feel more connected, but their fashion style was also definitely something they wanted to showcase their personalities through. One of the beloved aspects that Ebon Trower, a rising entertainer and socialite, spoke on about the show is the comforting atmosphere that was created within the docu-series and what she wanted fans to take away from their experience. “The reason I decided to go with this entire process is that I definitely would like people to realize that queer and trans youth can have very happy and honest lives,” she said. “I think there are a lot of movies, series, and shows that I’ve seen that are very negative when it comes to queer people in general. I think this show does an amazing job and that the producers do an amazing job at just making sure everyone is seen as very real and authentic with a lot of smiles and laughs.”
“The Come Up” cast wishes for Gen Z viewers to feel unstoppable while working on that special “something” which brings aspirations and dreams. They also advise viewers to give themselves grace while on their individual paths as they try to figure out this thing we call life.
The newest Freeform series is now streaming on their platform and on Hulu.
By Kori Barnes, University of Nevada, Las Vegas