AceShowbiz - Mindy Kaling has applauded the young star of her U.S. TV comedy series Champions after she came out as a transgender female on Monday morning, August 20.
Minutes after J.J. Totah made the big reveal in an essay for Time, explaining her name is now Josie, Mindy gushed about the actress on social media.
"I love you, Josie," she tweeted. "I'm so glad you're able to speak your truth and live as your authentic self. You're also so damn talented - I can't wait to write for you again!".
I love you, Josie. I’m so glad you’re able to speak your truth and live as your authentic self. You’re also so damn talented - I can’t wait to write for you again! ❤️💕❤️💕❤️ https://t.co/OjIoI9Wpb3— Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) August 20, 2018
In her essay, Totah, 17, revealed she identifies as a transgender female, writing: "Acting has always been my passion. I'm grateful for roles I've gotten to play on shows like Champions, and I know I'm lucky to be able to do what I love. But I also feel like I let myself be shoved into a box: 'J.J. Totah, gay boy'... People would just assume I was gay. People kept assuming my identity".
Totah, who found fame on the children's television series Jessie, added: "I was asked how it feels to be a young gay man. I was even introduced that way before receiving an award from an LGBTQ+ rights organization... 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".