3. You may remember Brochu as Bethany Hamilton’s brother in Soul Surfer.
4. Brochu is super excited about the role.
6. Kevin Williamson, a gay man and creator of The Vampire Diaries, has wanted an openly gay character for years but didn’t want it to be a typical teen coming out story.
“It’s one of those things that needs to feel organic and seamless. I don’t want it to be a character that comes in and is a one-off,” said Williamson. “I want someone to come in and have a reason and a purpose and really push that story forward the way I want to do it, and they’re so important to the story that without them the show won’t happen. That’s what I want.”
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