Van Barnes, whose performance as the "Houston T-Girl" left a huge impression on viewers, shares what it was like to be an actor, set dresser, and transgender consultant on set. In this emotional and charismatic interview, she shares how her involvement in the TransFIRMATIVE action program changed the way Hollywood approaches and represents the transgender movement on set and on-screen - from writers and actors, to art directors and consultants.
Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show) is "Maura", the Pfefferman Family patriarch turned matriarch. Here, he discusses the discovery of personal authenticity, what it's like to inhabit the psyche of a transitioning woman on her "maiden voyage", and his newfound appreciation for getting his nails done.
"As honest as his Character"
Series creator, director, and writer Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under, The United States of Tara) shares the very personal story of how her own father inspired Transparent’s germination. Next, Jill describes shooting a particularly controversial sex scene that subverted cinema’s traditional “male gaze” into her own pioneering female perspective/
Amy Landecker is "Sarah", the oldest Pfefferman child, who rethinks her family life and her sexuality when she reconnects with her old girlfriend Tammy.
Groundbreaking transgender actress Alexandra Billings is “Davina”, Maura Pfefferman’s mentor, inspiration, and best friend. Alexandra discusses her own experiences while transitioning in the late 1970s, what it was like to be the first trans woman to play a transgender character on TV, and how an episode of The Phil Donahue Show may well have saved her life.
Award-winning indie film director Jay Duplass is "Josh", music producer and middle Pfefferman child. Here, he discusses his character's difficulty adjusting to his father's transition and what it's like to go from relaxed dude to chair-throwing rage in under 60 seconds.
Jim Frohna, Transparent’s veteran Director of Photography, shares uncommon insight into what it’s like to literally step into a dramatic character’s shoes with a camera on your back. Frohna also describes those thrilling moments when it seems like the universe is perfectly aligned and the perfect shot is created by circumstance.
"A Different Approach to Shooting"
Music supervisor Bruce Gilbert (Orange is the New Black, Children's Hospital) reveals the back story of how music became a critical element for the evolution of Transparent. He goes into detail on how he chooses the right song for the right scene, the importance of creating playlists and mixtapes for the cast and crew, and his early childhood attempts at music supervision that paved the way for his future.
Nisha Ganatra is a consulting producer who took the director’s chair for Episodes 4, 5, and 9, when creator Jill Soloway asked Nisha to take some of their most controversial scenes up a notch, whether it was in the bedroom or the powder room.
Bradley Whitford is a West Wing alumnus and 2015 Emmy nominee for his Transparent role as Mark, Maura's tough friend who argues the hardest when they confront what it means to be true to themselves - and what it takes to break a secret. Bradley talks about his own family and his preparation for this role; his son reports, "Dad, this is the most excited I've ever seen you for a part!"
Jeffrey Tambor doesn't work without Marie Larkin, Transparent's hair and wigs guru. In this interview, she convinces us that half the puzzle of character development is solved in the hair studio. (She has enough wigs in her personal collection to furnish 60 extras with '90s locks!) Marie has worked with Jeffrey since the beginning of his career, and talks about their partnership that - despite getting off to a rocky start - ended up lasting a lifetime.