Amazon’s original series Transparent has won over audiences and critics alike. In season two, the show continued to charm audiences as it reinvented itself to tell the history behind the Pfefferman family. LA Fan Cultures Examiner spoke to actress Emily Robinson to talk about the second season and what it’s like to be part of something that’s raised the level of discussion for TV fans across the country.
“I’m so excited not only that we can show it and make it,” Emily told us, “but that it’s had the reception that it’s had. I think that the timing just could not have been better. It’s just like the stars were aligning; I mean the transgender movement has been hidden for so many years and it’s finally seeing the light of day, which is just so exciting and inspiring and wonderful. To be able to have a tiny little part in that representation and exposure and humanization of the movement is just really incredible.”
In season two, Emily changes roles to portray Rose, Maura’s (Jeffrey Tambor) mother, and she welcomed the opportunity. “The flashback story really throws itself into the history and it chronicles the journey of going from Nazi Germany to America,” she explained. “It also shows Moira’s entrance into the world at the very end; that was a special scene for me to film. This whole thing was just incredible, bjust really going into the queer history that was there, that so many people don’t know about.”
She also wasn’t daunted by the prospect of having to follow up a massively successful second season with another one. “When you set yourself up with these huge expectations and you’re just trying to fill what people want, it never works out as well as when you create something you find exciting,” Emily told us. “When you make something for yourself, people respond to you because it’s real instead of just creating what others want. They brought on a new writer this season, Our Lady J, who is fantastic. She’s their first trans writer.”
We asked Emily if she’s noticed a difference in awareness from being on a conventional television series to being on a streaming program that people have to go online to find. She told us that’s shifted since the show began. “For season one,” she told us, “it was just a delight working on it but people would say what are you working on? I would be like Transparent, that new show on Amazon. I could just pick up on that judgmental ‘Oh it’s one of those shows.’
“But I think that now there’s so many platforms creating this really interesting, amazing content,” she continued. “You don’t have the same restrictions and regulations and expectations. I find it so exciting. I think that people are finally starting to finally catch on to the whole thing.”
She also has two new movies on the way. “I filmed a movie called Going Under with Bruce Willis and John Goodman,vand that’s a dark comedy film,” she told us, “and then I just filmed Behold My Heart, which was directed by Joshua Leonard and it stars Marisa Tomei, Timothy Olyphant and Charlie Plummer. That was a special thing to work on, it’s a coming of age story. I feel so lucky because all of the projects I’ve worked on have so many people that I respect.”
“I love reading and writing and acting and I think there’s something so special about it,” she reflected. “I actually just directed my first short film and I wrote it so it’s interesting seeing how communication in general can impact people in such profound ways. I love doing what I get to do. You get to represent yourself or other people, and you get to understand situations that you wouldn’t have necessarily understand and you get to empathize with other people that they might not have given the time or any thought to.”
For more on Transparent, visit the show’s official website.