Essential Film Stars, Tanner Cohen

In the whimsical comedy, Were the World Mine, Tanner Cohen playfully takes on the lead role of Timothy, a gay student in an all boys private school where homosexuality is often the subject of ridicule.  An eccentric boy, Timothy often hides from the ridicule by regressing into his own fantasies, until his equally eccentric teacher casts him in the school’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Upon reading the script, Timothy discovers the secret recipe for a love potion in the form of a mythical flower.  Timothy proceeds to create the magic love potion and uses it to make his crush, the rugby player Jonathan, fall in love with him.  Timothy goes on to use the love flower to turn much of the town gay, ultimately creating an alternate reality where Timothy need not remain closeted in fear of ridicule or harassment.

Tanner Cohen

A graduate of UCLA, Tanner Cohen is an American actor and singer.  Cohen is openly gay, having spent much of his adult life promoting gay rights and supporting the gay lifestyle, including videos and speeches made with the It Gets Better Project and The Trevor Project.

An accomplished actor and singer, Cohen has appeared in American soap operas as well as feature films.  Cohen has also offered his voice to movie soundtracks, including the film Were the World Mine, in which he also starred in the lead role of Timothy.  Beyond film and television, Tanner Cohen is heavily involved in the New York Fringe project, an Avant garde theater and arts movement which has sprung many satellite groups throughout America.

Tanner Cohen’s brother, David Oliver Cohen, is also an accomplished television actor.  Cohen is fairly new to the professional acting scene and destined for a successful career.

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Tanner Cohen’s career began in 2006, when he landed the recurring role of Tad Becker in the famous soap opera As The World Turns, appearing for five episodes.  The following year, Cohen appeared in the film The Life Before Her Eyes, starring alongside Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood.

Cohen’s first leading role was as Timothy in the 2008 musical comedy, Were the World Mine.  In addition to playing the lead, Cohen also lent his voice to the film’s soundtrack.  Most recently, Cohen has appeared in the play Over and Over as part of the New York International Fringe Festival, FringeNYC.

Alexander Ryll
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