History rightfully belongs to Pose when it premieres on FX today by featuring not just the most transgender people in a scripted series, but by having cast five transgender people of color in leads roles.
Transgender actors MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar and our beloved Angelica Ross star in what has been coined “the Fame reboot we all need” earning a 90% on the Tomatometer.
Pose, imdb reports, is set in the world of 1986 and “looks at the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the rise of the luxury universe, the downtown social and literary scene and the ball culture world.”
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at Pose’s recent New York City premiere, the producer ryan Murphy opened up about his decision to collaborate with trans actresses, writers and producers for his latest TV venture — and revealed why the project, which highlights the triumphs and struggles of the LGBTQ community in 1980s Manhattan, would have been impossible to make without them.
“I think the day and age where you put a wig on a straight white man and say he’s trans is over. I’m the godfather of this project. They call me Papa Murphy,” Murphy said, explaining that he felt a responsibility to put co-creator Steven Canals, who identifies as queer, and trans writer/producers Janet Mock and Our Lady J “in positions of power.” Trans activist and director Silas Howard also serves as a co-exec producer.
“It could have never happened without our trans writers, producers and stars on the show,” he said. “Steven, Janet and Our Lady J cast every role and we worked for six months on the casting process. It’s such a huge community of people who don’t have opportunities and are desperate to be a part of Hollywood and a mainstream project like this.” He added, “That’s my favorite thing about it. I hope this opens more doors for them.”
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