Characters with their distant fake-news (and one faceclaim) relatives.
Teen heartthrob Cedar was reworked from a boy-band AU “Stephen Colbert”, although Ceannis doesn’t have homophobia, so his issues are just from the pressures of stage parents. Laurel was reworked (a little more thoroughly) from a magical-wizard AU Larry Wilmore; her model is now Portrayed By trans actress Indya Moore.
Cedar: I live in the greatest, strongest country in the world — I have a thriving fanbase that loves me — and I’m super gay!
Stephen: So the connection is, what if there was a teen version of me . . . in a world where I wasn’t held down by my greatest lifelong source of oppression and stress . . . You never had to deal with a wonky ear!
Larry: So, uh . . . how far does the inspiration have to drift from the source before we admit it doesn’t count anymore? Our names are still similar-ish, but I think that’s all.
Laurel: Honestly . . . I’m literally faceblind, and even I can tell this is a reach.
Indya: Oh! I was the inspiration for the face.