Peppermint has already been the runner-up on RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9, changed lives as an LGBTQ+ activist, and starred on Broadway, originating the role of Pythio in the Go-Go’s musical Head Over Heels. Now she’s getting ready to take over your TV set.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the multi-talented superstar will guest star in two episodes of the CBS show God Friended Me, where she’ll be playing a trans pastor.
The very literally titled dramedy is about an atheist podcaster named Miles (Brandon Micheal Hall) whose life changes when he receives a Facebook friend request from God. The show, which will premiere its second season on Sept. 29, explores how this new existential crisis affects his relationships with his friends and family.
Peppermint will be playing Pastor Olivia, a trans woman who leads an LGBTQ+ friendly church that Miles’ sister, Ali (Javicia Leslie), begins attending. In the sophomore season, Ali leaves her father’s (Joe Morton) Harlem Episcopal Church and winds up at Pastor Olivia’s congregation instead.
Exclusive photos featured in Entertainment Weekly show Peppermint in her church vestments with a face beat for the gods. Tens across the board for this legend of stage and screen!
Prior to guest-starring on the show, Peppermint was one of just a handful of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants to come out as an openly transgender woman while appearing on the long-running reality show. Since then she’s made appearances in Pose and Saturday Night Live and has been active in fighting for LGBTQ+ rights and representation.
Peppermint views the opportunity to play a trans person of faith as another way to change hearts and minds about who trans people are and what they can accomplish.
“This role is proof that we’ve come so far,” Peppermint told the magazine. “A transgender pastor is not something you’d see being written or cast even five years ago. This season they are raising the bar both in front and behind the camera.”
“You ain’t ready, y’all!” she added.
Following this Sunday’s second season premiere, Peppermint’s episodes will start airing Oct. 6 at God Friended Me’s regular 8 p.m. time slot.