Who is Isaiah Stannard?
Isaiah Stannard was born in New York City, USA, on 1 October 2004 – his zodiac sign is Libra, and he holds American nationality. He’s an actor, model and a social media star, perhaps known best for starring in the comedy drama series “Good Girls”.
Isaiah was born as a girl, but he came out as a boy in his early teen years.
Early life and education
Isaiah grew up in New York City, where he was raised by his parents Eric Stannard, a businessman, and Kristen Johansen, who is a famous actress and TV personality. He has no siblings.
Isaiah received his primary education at Professional Performing Arts School, and during his time there began appearing in plays. He is currently a student at New York University, at which he is pursuing a degree in contemporary theatre.
Career as an actor
Isaiah made his film debut in 2015, when he voiced the young cosmologist Carl Sagan, in the short biographical movie “Star Stuff”. It was filmed and produced in Croatia, and is partially based on a school essay Carl Sagan wrote when he was twelve years old.
In 2017, Isaiah appeared in his first feature-length movie, the comedy drama “Brad’s Status”. It was written and directed by Mike White, starred Ben Stiller, Austin Abrams and Jenna Fischer, and follows Brad, a father and owner of a non-profit organization, who looks back on his life, and regrets his decisions that led him to be less successful than his friends.
It was well received by the critics, and won a Special Jury Prize at the 2018 Monte-Carlo Comedy Film Festival.
Also in 2017, Isaiah played the lead role in the short drama film “Party Dress” – written and directed by Molly Fisher, it follows a 12-year-old tomboy girl, played by Isaiah, who is attending a birthday party wearing a pink dress.
Perhaps the most significant role for Isaiah so far has been in the NBC’s crime comedy series “Good Girls”, playing the character Ben Marks, who’s a transgender boy.. It was created by Jenna Bans, and today stars Christina Hendricks, Retta and Mae Whitman.
It follows three suburban moms from Michigan, who have become involved in a heist, robbing a local supermarket. “Good Girls” is currently in its fourth season, and averages about two million viewers per episode. It’s well received by the critics and public alike – in 2019, Christina Hendricks was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical Series.
Later in 2021, Isaiah is set to star in the short coming of age film “5 Teenagers Walk Into a Bar”, written by Vivian Sorenson and directed by Carla Johnston.
Isaiah is represented by the Innovative Artists agency based in New York, which also represents Amanda Seyfried, a popular American actress and musician.
Isaiah is active on Instagram, with his account ‘@isaiahstannard’ numbering over 160,000 followers, and more than 700 photos. He usually uploads photos and videos from the set of “Good Girls”, as well as more casual pictures with his dog Nico, and his friends and family. He also has a Twitter account ‘@isaiahstannard’, with around 250 followers and 70 tweets so far.
Because he is only 16 years old, all of Isaiah’s accounts are co-managed by his parents.
Love life and girlfriend
Isaiah is very close to his co-star from “Good Girls”, Lidya Jewett, and often uploads pictures featuring them together onto his Instagram account.
This has sparked rumors among their fans, some of whom believe that Isaiah and Lidya are dating, but they have clarified that their relationship is strictly platonic.
He’s also seen with his friend Olivia Mae Robertson on multiple occasions, with many of his fans speculating that they may also be dating. This has neither been confirmed nor denied by Isaiah.
Is Isaiah transgender?
Isaiah gained recognition for playing the transgender character Ben (Sadie in the first season) in “Good Girls”. The role was initially meant for a boy, but the producers later allowed children of all genders to audition.
Ben’s storyline was initially about him being a boy who gets bullied at school for being feminine. After Isaiah won the role, he came out as trans, and his character’s storyline to was changed to better fit him, as they saw the opportunity to tell an authentic story about being transgender. Writers of the series worked closely with Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), an American media organization run by members of the LGBT community. In the series, Ben comes out as trans after the birth of his brother. While his mother immediately accepts his identity and starts looking into hormonal therapy, his father is reluctant to help.
In an interview he gave to Brut Media, Isaiah told his real-life coming out story, saying that when he was cast as tomboy girl Sadie in “Good Girls”, he started contemplating his own gender identity, and soon decided to come out and change his pronoun. About his character in the series, he said ‘Anything they’ve done for him related to his transition felt really genuine and not overdramatic, and I’m really proud of that.’ He has also stated that the acceptance Ben got from his mother in the series mirrors the way his parents accepted his identity in real life. Isaiah had issues landing roles before transitioning, as he was too tomboyish for most producers, but now he hopes that as his career progresses, he will be able to play more queer roles, although he is also happy to play the more typical male roles.
Hobbies and interesting facts
Isaiah’s favorite animals are dogs, and he has a pet dog called Nico which he adopted from an animal rescue center.
He is a big fan of Marvel movies, with “Thor: Ragnarok”, “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Spiderman: Homecoming”, being his favorites.
Isaiah is a chess enthusiast and often plays it with his mother, who taught him to play when he was eight years old.
Appearance, age and net worth
Isaiah is 16 years old. He has short blonde hair and blue eyes, he is 5ft 6ins (1.68m) tall and weighs around 120lbs (54kgs).
As of May 2021, his net worth is estimated at over $400,000.