New American comedy-drama Transparent – featuring a transgender lead character – is just like any British soap opera, according to its creator.
“It’s like EastEnders or Coronation Street. It’s just a family show,” Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under) tells RadioTimes.com. “It’s a show that anybody who has come home for Sunday dinner can relate to.”
Transparent – an Amazon Prime Instant Video series – stars Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development, The Larry Sanders Show) as Maura Pfefferman, a transgender woman who has to reveal the transition to her grown-up children (Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass and Amy Landecker). Unfortunately they’ve got problems of their own to deal with, including struggling relationships and an unplanned pregnancy.
Tambor shares Soloway’s views on the series and is keen to express its normality, describing it as “so accessible, even though the themes are very very new.”
“The trans stuff is I think the surprise – that when people watch it they’re supposed to come up-to-date on one of the most current and exciting civil rights movements of our time,” he tells RadioTimes.com. “The show is just a family show.”
The actor also revealed his nervousness in taking on such a sensitive role, and spoke of his experiences going out and about in character (and full costume).
“I was shaking with fear, and being clocked, and being looked at, and being laughed at. It was so important to me, not so much that I learned to walk or talk like Maura, but that feeling of being scared. “
“I said ‘don’t forget this. Don’t ever forget this, because this is every waking hour of Maura’s life!’”
All 10 episodes of Transparent are now available to watch on Amazon Prime Instant Video