Since its Broadway debut in 1996, there have been many iterations of Rent
but there's never been a black version of the character Mark Cohen. Until now. Jordan Fisher plays Mark in Rent: Live
, and as it turns out, he's dreamed of this for years — and not just because he admires the musical. Fisher opened up about this dream
of his during an interview with Access,
saying, "The genesis of my wanting to pursue [acting] professionally began with [seeing RENT
] 15 years ago." He said that Mark's story just moved him, and Fisher knew that he wanted to play the role someday. The actor also told the Arizona Daily Sun
that he could relate to Mark
"in a lot of ways," which helped fuel that desire to bring the character to life.