Trans Actors And Hollywood Insiders Discuss the Complicated Reality Of Trans Casting

When Jeffrey Tambor, star of Amazon's Transparent, accepted an Emmy for his role as Maura in the critically acclaimed series, he thanked Rhys Ernst and Zackary Drucker, the show's transgender script consultants and co-producers. Although Transparent had received some flack early on for Tambor's casting (he's a cisgender man — why not give the role to a trans woman?), it has since been praised as a shining example of how a series featuring trans characters should operate — namely, with trans people working at all levels of the show to ensure that it's realistic rather than stereotypical.  


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