We are huge fans of Wilson Cruz. Such fans that he's one of our four Out100 cover stars this year — and as such will be making an appearance at this evening's first-ever Out100 Virtual Honoree Induction Ceremony. Collectively, we've watched his trajectory on screen from the history-making turn as Rickie Vasquez of My So-Called Life, through his role in Noah's Arc, as well as offscreen in projects like RENT. That work continues through to today, helping to trace the representation of queerness onscreen in the Apple TV Plus series he executive produced, Visible, and appearing as Dr. Hugh Culber on Star Trek: Discovery. Couple that with his unending activism, and penchant for a good shirtless selfie, and there's a lot to keep up with in the world of Wilson. But we seem to have missed something in all of that time: his gay brother.
"Join me in wishing my brother, Josh, MY FAVORITE HUMAN A HAPPY BIRTHDAY," Cruz wrote to Instagram yesterday. "and he's PRETTY and the best DAD!" Pretty indeed. The good genes run in the family.
The post caused us — and when I say us, I mean me — to spiral down a hole looking for more information. Come to find out, Josh is both a daddy and a father! Over the last two years, his Instagram has been dedicated a bit to photos of him and his son, who is named Cruz, that he is raising with his partner. From what we can tell, Cruz Pierre Eschevarria-Fantola was born October 11, 2018 — Echevarria is Josh and Wilson's father's name but both use their mother's maiden name for surnames, while Fantola is the surname of Josh's husband Walther. But Josh is also quite the performer.
According to his IMDB, Joshua has appeared in Sex and the City 2, The Skinny, and even Master of None. He also played the role of Sebastian in 2009's The Big Gay Musical and appeared on three tracks in the film's soundtrack. And he's certainly got a voice on him.
Josh is eight years younger than Wilson apparently, and the pair has one other brother, Gilbert, who is three years younger than Wilson.
We don't want to try to make this seem like this is some crazy investigative piece or that we are uncovering something. Wilson has posted about his brother before and spoken about him. He mentioned him back in 2010 in an Out interview and has other times as well. But for anyone who has missed out on those mentions (like this writer) we just wanted to flag the tidbit for inquiring minds, in need of some wholesome daddy content for their Instagram feeds.