S.O.Z.: Soldiers or Zombies’ chief antagonist, Colonel Murdoch, they had an idea about how to expand and enrich the role. “I was like, why can’t a nonbinary person exist in this job?” Ortiz recalls.
In an Amazon Prime series that questions what it truly means to be human, Ortiz saw an opportunity to unpack that question.“Whenever someone’s like, there’s a nonbinary character, the industry immediately says things like Oh, androgynous, white, thin, and whatever,” Ortiz says. “A nonbinary person isn’t necessarily androgynous and doesn’t need to act a certain way or behave a certain way, they just are. [Valencia’s] arc has nothing to do with their identity.