GO! Presents 100 Women We Love: Class of 2024

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August 6, 2020

Jacqueline Toboni

Photo by Kharen Hill: SHOWTIME.

Jacqueline Toboni is starting queer drama across LA and making real-life women swoon as Finley, Alice’s assistant on Showtime’s “The L Word: Generation Q.” But while she’s happy to play a queer leading lady now, being out in the entertainment industry wasn’t always the plan. Concerned about losing job opportunities due to her sexuality, Toboni tentatively came out anyway due to the queer visibility she brings — and found that it opened more doors than it closed. “Initially, I came out because I felt it was important for LGBTQ+ folks to see themselves represented on and off-screen,” she says. “What I didn’t realize is how many opportunities would come from it. I feel very fortunate to have met writers and creators that champion LGBTQ+ storylines.” In real life, the actress is doing more than fetching coffee for a talk show host. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Toboni also studied at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Movement Theatre in New York, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London, and the American Conservatory Theater (ACT). Toboni has also appeared on-screen in the anthology series “Easy,” NBC’s “Grimm,” and Marja-Lewis Ryan’s “Liked,” among a number of other productions. On-stage, Toboni acted in “Three Sisters” and “Bugaboo And The Silent One.” On “Generation Q,” though, Toboni has found more than just a new role; she’s found a team that constantly works to represent voices that are often forgotten during every step of the television process. “I am constantly learning from my the writers, my fellow castmates, and the entire crew,” Toboni says. “I have never felt more support in my career, and I’m incredibly grateful.” —IL

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