Nickelodeon ‘Henry Danger’ actor says he 'transitioned' 20 years ago

Actor Michael D. Cohen, from Nickelodeon’s longest running live-action sitcom “Henry Danger,” told Time in an interview published Thursday that he was misgendered at birth and transitioned from female to male while already working in the entertainment business nearly 20 years ago.

“I identify as male, and I am proud that I have had a transgender experience — a transgender journey,” the 43-year-old, who also stars in the “Henry Danger” spinoff “The Adventures of Kid Danger,” said in the feature story.

The Canadian-born actor plays character Schwoz Schwartz on the Nickelodeon show, a comedy about a 13-year-old boy, Henry Hart (Jace Norman), who lives in a world of superheroes. Cohen opened up about his transition to his cast, including Norman. Norman told Time that the news “didn’t change anything about the high level of respect and admiration I have for the guy,” and thinks “it’s in the best interest of the entire world to have every type of person represented on TV.”

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 23: Michael D. Cohen attends Nickelodeon's 2019 Kids' Choice Awards at Galen Center on March 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/FilmMagic)
BURBANK, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Michael D. Cohen attends Nickelodeon' Holiday Party With Casts Of "Cousins For Life" And "Henry Danger" at Nickelodeon Studios on November 10, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 24: Michael D. Cohen attends Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BURBANK, CA - NOVEMBER 10: (L-R) Michael D. Cohen, Jace Norman, Ella Anderson, Riele Downs and Sean Ryan Fox attend Nickelodeon' Holiday Party With Casts Of "Cousins For Life" And "Henry Danger" at Nickelodeon Studios on November 10, 2018 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 24: The cast of Henry Danger attends Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Winners of Favorite TV Show for 'Henry Danger,' actors Sean Ryan Fox, Cooper Barnes, Michael Cohen, Riele Downs, Ella Anderson, Jace Norman, and Jeffrey Brown speak onstage at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/KCA2017/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 22: (L-R) Micah Abbey, Dallas Young and Michael D. Cohen attend the 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Slime Soiree on March 22, 2019 in Venice, California. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
VENICE, CA - MARCH 22: Michael D. Cohen (L) and Christopher Cornish attend the 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Slime Soiree on March 22, 2019 in Venice, California. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Actor Michael Cohen arrives at the Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
Canadian actor Michael D. Cohen arrives for the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards Slime Soiree, March 22, 2019 at the Wave House in Venice, California. (Photo by Nick Agro / AFP) (Photo credit should read NICK AGRO/AFP/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 24: (L-R) Cooper Barnes, Ella Anderson, Jeffrey Nicholas Brown, Michael Cohen (F), Riele Downs, Jace Norman, and Sean Ryan Fox attend Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Winners of Favorite TV Show for 'Henry Danger,' actors Sean Ryan Fox, Cooper Barnes, Michael Cohen, Riele Downs, Ella Anderson, Jace Norman, and Jeffrey Brown at Nickelodeon's 2017 Kids' Choice Awards at USC Galen Center on March 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/KCA2017/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
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Nickelodeon has supportive of his decision to come out, Cohen said, with Nickelodeon providing its own statement that it supports “diversity in all its forms.”

Cohen cites the Trump administration rolling back protections for transgender people as a reason for coming out with his story now, although he does not identify as transgender himself.

Cohen is currently writing a play about his experience coming to grips with his identity, called “4 Cubits Make a Man,” where he will explore themes of family, romantic relationships and what makes someone a man.

Before “Henry Danger,” Cohen worked on shows like “My Name is Earl” in 2009 and “Modern Family” in 2011.

Cohen said that he hopes his message is empowering to young viewers, although he is bracing for backlash from parents.

“People don’t understand. They think this has to do with sexuality and it doesn’t. They think this has to do with pushing an agenda on kids and it doesn’t,” he said.

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