“I walked home and said, ‘’That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do as an actor.'”
If expectations for “Transparent” Season 2 weren’t high enough after its Golden Globe wins earlier this year, as well as its recent boatload of Emmy nominations, Jeffrey Tambor certainly did his part to raise them Monday afternoon. Speaking at Amazon’s “Transparent” panel alongside series creator Jill Soloway, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker, Judith Light, Alexandra Billings and Bradley Whitford, Tambor and the rest of his cast heaped praise on not just what’s come before, but what people will soon see.
The second season of Soloway’s critical smash will debut December 4 exclusively to Amazon Prime subscribers, and the cast seemed even higher on this season than the last. Part of that excitement was built around the addition of a transgender writer to the show’s staff for Season 2: Soloway was quick to credit Our Lady J for adding key details to the show’s depiction of a transgender person, including a scene where Billings’ character was trying to regender her childhood photographs.
Soloway asked Billings — an openly transgender actress — for her personal reaction to shooting the scene. “There was a sense of great peace for me,” she said.
After being prompted to speak by Soloway, Landecker gave her own account of what her character will go through in Season 2. “Jay [Duplass] says he feels like the whipping boy, and I feel a bit like the whipping girl,” she said. “I think it’s going to be a year of revelation and maybe feeling some consequences that maybe she wasn’t in touch with last season.”
Soloway also said the flashbacks would go back even further in Season 2. While Bradley Whitford will be returning — though he said “no high heels involved” this time — this season’s flashbacks will go all the way back to when Maura’s family first came to America from Europe. The trailer also showed Maura, Tambor’s character, reaching out to her sister in the hopes of seeing their mother, as well as a wedding for two key characters from Season 1.
Family has always been a key theme of the series; one that Tambor says he gets more feedback on than anything else. “Most often they want to talk about their families,” Tambor said of fan reaction. “And that has enriched my life a lot.”
Considering all of the above, it seems safe to say he’ll be getting even more family stories after Season 2. “Transparent” Season 2 is set to premiere December 4.