Jeffrey Tambor has claimed that his role in Transparent is important because “lives are at risk” in the trans community every day.
The transgender-themed comedy-drama, which returns for a second season later this year, centres on the Pfefferman family as they get to grips with the news that Mort (Tambor), the family’s husband and father, is transitioning into a woman named Maura.
In a recent interview, the actor – who won a Golden Globe in January for his role on acclaimed series – has argued that a show like Transparent is necessary in a time when trans people still experience “huge hatred” and “phobia” just for being themselves.
“I think it’s the role of a lifetime. I read it and I threw myself at them,’ he told Daily Mail Australia. “I knew they were very interested in me. What I didn’t know was that I was going to have this amazing reaction. I knew it was good, but I didn’t know that it was going to be lauded in this way. I’m very happy about that.”
‘We know that there’s huge phobia and there’s huge hatred [for the trans community]. There’s also a high suicide rate in the transgender community. And there’s also huge assaults and job loss. It’s important. Lives are at stake here,” he added.