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The real-life lessons to be learned from 'A Kid Like Jake'

When the time came to cast the 4-year-old titular character for "A Kid Like Jake," director Silas Howard proclaimed: "I'd love to have an actor who loves dresses and beautiful things. I'd love Jake to be a princess-loving boy (in real life)."

Given that the film deals with how the parents of a gender-nonconforming child cope with society's thoughts about their kid, it seemed to Howard a necessary, if unusual, choice.

They found 5-year-old Leo James Davis, a child actor who likes to play with

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