Jackson MorrisonPlayed by Daniel Franzese
Hayes' heavy set, gay-around-the-edges brother and closest confidante. Growing up under media scrutiny of life in the White House prepared Jackson for a career in people pleasing. As his mother's senate campaign manager and sister's best friend, Jackson is often caught between Hayes and Harper. Eventually, Jackson will have to take a side.
Daniel Franzese is an actor and singer, who recently starred as Eddie Bear on the sophomore season of HBO's critically acclaimed series "Looking." Franzese's character, Eddie, is one of a few HIV+ characters seen on scripted television in the last couple of years. His performance has been praised for leading the way to erase stigmas of HIV/AIDS through a performance of a counselor in a homeless shelter for gay and transsexual teens. Franzese's involvement with HIV/AIDS awareness goes beyond the screen as an official ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Franzese starred on Freeform's "Recovery Road," written by frequent collaborators Bert V. Royal ("Easy A") and Karen DiConcetto ("Ruby & the Rockits"). He has hosted numerous events and shows, including LOGO's "Gay Skit Happens," Portland Pride and is the announcer for RuPaul's hit game show, "Gay for Play."
Franzese`s continued success in entertainment extends beyond film and television with his hit YouTube comedy sensation, "Shit Italian Moms Say." The first video released has garnered nearly 4.5 million views and will soon be produced as a web series. Franzese has also become a viral sensation with millions of views of his parodies of the hit songs "Please Go Home/Stay With Me" and "Shake and Bake/ Shake It Off."
His passion and love for music extends beyond the parodies and is most prevalent in his musical, "Jersey Shoresical: A Frickin' Rock Opera!" with Hanna LoPatin. The New York Fringe Festival's 2011 hit musical won the Overall Excellence Award and Best Ensemble award. 2014 marked another big year for Franzese, as he performed to a near sold-out run of his solo, off-Broadway show, "I Never Really Made the Kinda Money to Become a Mess."
Franzese starred as Damian in Tina Fey's popular cult classic comedy "Mean Girls." However, nothing would compare to his heartfelt viral coming out letter. Franzese inked the statement in letter form to his famous "Means Girls." In the letter, he thanked his fans for their reactions to his character and his motivation to be honest with the world.
Franzese also appears in the upcoming film "Mind Puppets," playing Tony, a man stuck in a trance, believing he is a pregnant woman. This past Christmas, he released his first album on iTunes, "Christmas Wrapping," with the first single "Young Santa," which features Jessie Buttafuoco.
Franzese lives in Los Angeles and is the lead singer of the band Peanut Butter & Jealous.