Joel Kim Booster on the Power of Chosen Family

Chosen family has been a central theme in Joel Kim Booster’s life. The 34-year-old multi-hyphenate highlighted this hilariously and poignantly in his first feature film, Fire Island, which he co-produced, wrote, and starred in. The movie, which adapts Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice with a queer spin, was released on Hulu in June, and it resonated broadly with the LGBTQ+ community. Booster was showered with praise by critics and viewers alike, who thanked him for depicting queer, Asian characters with complexity and nuance. “I think we should be demanding more than just representation at this point,” Booster tells TIME. “Ultimately, there has to be depth, there has to be more, and without that, it’s not representation at all.”<…