Louisville native, Fellow Travelers star heads into awards season with high hopes

As gaggles of gays make plans to cozy up around their TV’s dressed in their Saltburn-themed attire to watch the glitzy and glamorous award shows, one queer Kentuckian is heading to the ceremonies with nominations in hand. 

Noah Ricketts, from Louisville, blessed screens donning his best elegant 1950s drag attire and 1980s swag in 2023 playing “Frankie Hines” in the Showtime political romance miniseries, Fellow Travelers. The show follows a group of men, led by Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey, through the Lavender Scare, the Vietnam War, and the AIDS Crisis. Ricketts’ character begins the show as a drag queen, performing in an underground queer nightclub in Washington D.C. We watch the character navigate the intersection of Blackness and queerness while also falling in love.

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Ricketts, who attended DuPont Manual High School (Youth Performing Art School), said that Fellow Travelers is a groundbreaking show that will pave the way for future shows of its kind. 

“I think it’s only going to help queer content get off the ground [more],” he told Queer Kentucky. “I’m very excited that we’re going to represent the show at the Golden Globes. I think it’s the beginning of something very special.”

Ricketts and the Fellow Travelers castmates are nominated for a Critic’s Choice Award for “Best Limited Series,” a Golden Globe for “Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television,” and a Satellite Award for “Best Miniseries and Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.”

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