The Stars of Netflix’s ‘Special’ Are Proving the Trolls Wrong

August 28, 2019

It took Ryan O’Connell four years to convince Hollywood that the semi-autobiographical story he tells on Netflix’s Special about living as a gay disabled man was worthwhile and universal. Two Emmy nominations later, O’Connell is LOL-ing his way to the red carpet next month with his co-stars, Jessica Hecht and Punam Patel, who are also nominated for their roles as Ryan’s mother, Karen, and his work friend, Kim.

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