‘Mean Girls’ Actor Daniel Franzese Joins ‘Looking’ Season 2 Cast


Actor Daniel Franzese, best known for his role as gay high schooler Damien in Mean Girls, has joined the second season cast of HBO's Looking.

via The Hollywood Reporter:

Franzese will play Eddie, a new love interest who works in the San Francisco nonprofit community.

He is the latest cast addition to an ensemble that includes Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett,Frankie Alvarez and new series regulars Lauren Weedman, Russell Tovey and Raul Castillo. Production is currently underway in San Francisco.

Groff posted a photo of the cast with Franzese on Wednesday:

Back in April, Franzese offically came out as gay in a letter published on Indiewire to his Mean Girls character.

Looking is expected to return next year.  


  1. anon says

    Yeah, because you know, the cast wasn’t big enough already to fill up 22 minutes of run-time.

  2. unruly says

    It’s modern SF and working in the tech/design field and they don’t have an Asian American as a series regular… that seems realistic.

  3. crispy says

    Really, this again?

    Looking was widely panned for its lack of diversity BEFORE anyone was able to watch it. But once the show premiered, it was praised for how it handled race… even the recent Vox analysis says Looking has a balance of white and non-white characters. Not to mention the fact that one of the main storylines in the first season was about how privileged white characters view race.

    And for the record, only one of the 3 leads works in the tech industry, and his coworker is Asian.

  4. says

    Yeah the one asian guy you see in a few episodes and does nothing for the plot and the white passing latino whose character is clearly whitewashed.

    Or let’s talk about how Patrick made it a big deal about bottoming and had his latino boyfriend work through it with him only to give up his butt to a white guy in a relationship. Nothing problematic about that at all.

  5. crispy says

    Yeh, nothing problematic about it at all… except that IS problematic. That’s sorta the whole point of the story! These characters don’t make good choices.

    You’re not bright.

    Of course, anyone who places people into categories such as “white passing” isn’t someone with much sense anyways.

  6. SpaceCadet says

    Oh, wow! Now we have a Mean Girls connection to Looking which is cool and I haven’t seen this guy in anything since Mean Girls which is forever ago so that’s cool too. I wonder who he’s the love interest for? Tovey is looking really fine and buff! The guy playing Augustin is looking especially cute here. Who’s the new guy next to the guy playing Dom? And where’s Scott Bakula? I’m really liking the older/younger relationship that was really taking off at the end of last season. I caught the guy playing the Latino boyfriend in a play in Chicago a couple of months ago. He was okay but he was looking good too. Haha.

    Personally, I don’t think the show should have a token black guy or man of color just to fill a quota. It should feel natural or organic. Hopefully at some point one of the characters does have such a love interest. Augustin’s boyfriend last season was a man of color. And I don’t think the Latino boyfriend was whitewashed at all. There was a whole episode where he explained a lot about his culture to Groff’s character.

  7. joeyhegele says

    I agree that even with two Hispanics (Alvarez and Castillo), that is an awfully pale group of boys. The Bay Area has one of the largest concentrations of Asians in the country, yet the only Asian character was a straight guy who was in two or three episodes. Hell, Glee has had more Asian characters and it takes place in Ohio!

    Will the black boyfriend of Alvarez’s character be back? You would think every new show, particularly one on HBO, would have learned from the criticism Girls faced for its lack of diversity.

  8. marc says

    Good grief!
    I just finished binge-watching season one and this racial thing never entered my mind.
    I found the show to be quite enjoyable.

    Maybe season 3 will see some new characters that will appease some of you, maybe they won’t.
    If that equates to whether this show is bad or good or if you will watch or not, fine. Then don’t.

  9. says

    HBO’s “Looking” is looking for extras. In the immediate term they’re looking for paid extras in their 20s and 30s to film for the upcoming season for a beach party in Guerneville (September 3-4), and LGBT forest party in Oakland (September 9th) as well as looking for someone to portray a “papusa” lady.

    email to: LookingExtras@gmail.com
    Subj: your availablity; 2day 9/3 & 9/9, 2day 9/4, 9/9 or 9/11, name, approx age, cell

    Content: city you live in height, weight, Union status (Non-Union or SAG-AFTRA#), Lifeguard Certification (Y/N), Willing to go shirtless or nude (beach/party scenes), 2 current color snapsots, chest up facing camera smiling and standing. No hats/sunglasses and Tattoos, if visible based on what you’re willing to wear or not wear, attach photos of tats and describe them

  10. SpaceCadet says

    Aww, I think it would be cool to be an extra on the show but I know how tedious it can be since I did it for a film once. It’s nice to be able to say you’ve had the experience and the star sightings but otherwise it gets boring fast and you’re getting paid minimum wage.

  11. Truther says

    It’s not all about you or your race. If the asian guy, the women, the black guy, the latino guy and what the hell ever that really annoying artist one is, isn’t enough diversity for you don’t watch it.

  12. Rowan says

    I’m black, proud and agree 100% with Crispy and the rest.


    I think the biggest mistake they did is trying to market it on mainstream gay sites, for some reason gay people who comment on these sites have no nuance and/or don’t understand art.

    Everything must be created for the dumbed down gay lgbt majority that is already over-represented in the media.

    The looking guy should have specified that they are not looking for stans/bandwagoners etc but people who love the creative abilities of film.

    People like Derrick scare me. He is the kind of guy to watch True Detective and decry that there are no black leads in happy relationships. When the whole GD show is about the demise of human nature within us!

    It makes us ethnics or minorities seem so insane, petty, childish and plain dumb.


    Black people also understand the arts and want realistic portrayals of said programs that are relevant and realistic to the GD show/film.

    This is why Glee was so bad. And racist. All that stereotyping. Pandering.

    It was like watching fantasy!

  13. SFshawn says

    I live in the Castro and on Tuesday night(8/26). Jonathan,Murray and another guy were sitting drinking coffee at a table at Sit and Spin a laundry place on 18th Street.
    Very sexy guys in real time.
    Looking forward to an improved Looking. :)

  14. JMC says

    I guess with television being dominated by shows about boring white people, it was silly for any of us to expect this show to be anything other than a show about boring gay white people.

  15. sam says

    Still not diverse enough imo….a white-Latino, a mexican and a light skinned dude don’t count as diversity. What’s this fatty gonna do other than bump into things?

  16. says

    personally, as someone who likes this show (not quite LOVING it yet…) I was really hoping they’d introduce, you know, a more prominent asian character.

    it being San Fran and all……

  17. says

    it’s not that we’re “eating our own”, Mikey M – it’s that we’d like more diverse menu options. as a gay man who rolls in an ethnically-culturally-diverse circle of friends…well… it’s time for that to be seen more. especially in a show set in San Fran – unless they’re planning on addressing more upfront the reality of those gay friendship circles that somehow exist without really being ethnically-integrated.

  18. jarago says

    Have people actually watched this show? There were black and latino characters-and now we have a cute chubby guy.

  19. Matziabb says

    omg I hope RJ sees the ad and be an extra. He had lifeguard experience and has sexy body and all, I’m sure he’d do well.