Billy Porter is returning to Pittsburgh this summer time to make his directorial debut

Billy Porter. Photo by Ron Cadiz at Sony Music Entertainment.

Billy Porter – one of the rare entertainers to win an Emmy, a Tony, and a Grammy – announced on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” that he is returning to Pittsburgh to direct his first film this summer, “What If”.

“It’s a teenage rom-com about a black transgender senior in high school who, you know, is just trying to make a boyfriend and go to prom and go to college,” Porter said. “It’s a beautiful story. It’s set in Pittsburgh, my hometown, so I’m going home to my hometown to film it. “

Porter grew up in Homewood and East Liberty and attended Taylor Allderdice High School and Carnegie Mellon University.

Although new to directing a movie, he has over 20 years of experience directing for the theater.

The third and final season of Porter’s FX show “Pose” – about New York’s underground ball culture in the 1980s – premieres on Sunday at 10pm

During the interview, the 51-year-old star also spoke about his early days – revealing that he shared a “Star Search” episode with Britney Spears (which he won with $ 100,000) in the early 1990s. He complained that instead of buying real estate in Manhattan, he had his teeth repaired.

Porter is featured on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People of 2020.

Watch the full interview with Porter on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Here.

“What if” Billy Portermovies from Pittsburgh

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