Netflix’s new film, Moxie, gave viewers a lot to think about, and after realizing how messed up most high school dress codes are (and drawing a whole bunch of hearts and stars on your hand), there’s a good chance you’re currently daydreaming about the main love interest in the movie. After watching him be the literal perfect partner, you’re probably wondering who plays Seth in Moxie. Nico Hiraga seems to be just as crush-worthy IRL as his character is on-screen.
The film, which is based on the 2017 novel by the same name, isn’t your typical teen comedy. When 16-year-old Vivian (Hadley Robinson) decides to anonymously start an old-school zine, she quickly finds herself leading a feminist revolution. Inspired by her mom (Amy Poehelr) who spent the ’90s as a rebellious riot grrl, Vivian teams up with her confident new friend Lucy (Alycia Pascual-Peña), and together they fight to change the patriarchal narrative at their school.
So where does Hiraga fit into the mix? He plays Seth, a cute skateboarder who just so happens to be kind, quirky, and completely supportive of Vivian. He shows early on he’s a feminist in his own right and manages to foster Vivians’ goals without overstepping. Remember what I said about him being perfect?
After learning more about Hiraga off-screen, it seems like he has a lot in common with his movie counterpart. The 23-year-old actor/model actually is a skateboarder (he posts tons of videos on Instagram) and just like Seth, he’s full of support for powerful women. In 2018 he appeared in Skate Kitchen directed by Crystal Moselle, but you probably know him from Booksmart. He played Tanner (who is yes, also a skater) in Olivia Wilde’s groundbreaking 2019 teen comedy.
Luckily, fans can look forward to seeing much more from Hiraga soon. He has a reoccurring role in Amazon Primes’s new thriller series The Power starring Leslie Mann and fueled by female creatives. The project is being executive produced by Naomi Alderman (who wrote the book the series will be based on) and directed by Reed Morano (who won a 2017 Emmy for The Handmaid’s Tale). While there’s no release date as of March 3, the series is currently in post-production. Until then, fans can jam out to Moxie‘s soundtrack and think fondly of their favorite feminist, skateboarding boyfriend.
Moxie is streaming now on Netflix.
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