Will Ferrell joins trans best friend’s coming out journey in powerful new doc Will & Harper

Will & Harper shows the bond between Will Ferrell and his best friend Harper Steele who came out as a trans woman in 2022.

Movie still from Will and Harper film starring Will Ferrel and his best friend who is a transgender woman.
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Actor Will Ferrell is releasing a beautiful and personal documentary titled Will & Harper, which shows the bond between himself and his best friend, Harper Steele, who came out as a trans woman in 2022.

In the documentary, the comedian and his best friend embark on a cross-country road trip across the US. During the drive, they talk for hours about their thirty-year friendship, Harper’s coming out story, and their experiences together throughout her transition.

The official film synopsis says, “When Will Ferrell finds out his close friend of 30 years is coming out as a trans woman, the two decide to embark on a cross-country road trip to process this new stage of their relationship in an intimate portrait of friendship, transition, and America.”

Ferrell told Variety Studio that his best friend came out in an email. He said, “It was three summers ago in which Harper emailed a lot of her close friends with the headline: ‘Here’s a Weird One.”

Ferrell added, “She went on to explain she was going to transition and we were all of course excited to hear the news and surprised to hear the news. All of us were extremely supportive and expressed love…but that sort of opened the questions like, how can we help you? What do you need us to do?”

The comfort between the two friends is evident when, during the interview, Ferrell casually asked his friend Harper if he was a good listener during her transition, and she jokes that he sounds like he is running for mayor.


The two met on the set of Saturday Night Live in 1995. Steele was a writer on SNL and Ferrell starred in the sketch comedy show from 1995 until 2002.

When Harper came out in 2022, Ferrell admittedly had “zero knowledge” about trans identities, but he knew he wanted to do everything he could to help support his best friend.

Will Ferrell created the documentary to show, through his friend’s journey, what it’s like to come out as trans and how to support a loved one during their transition. Will said, “It’s a chance for all of us in the cis community to be able to ask questions and also just to listen and be there as a friend to discuss this journey.”

Will & Harper is directed by Josh Greenbaum. It does not yet have a release date, but the project premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and is seeking distribution out of the festival.

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