Ryan Murphy‘s new series Pose premiered last night in New York City with much glitz and glamour. The show doesn’t debut until June 3 on FX, but already there has been much buzz about the groundbreaking series that features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series. Our resident photographer Wilsonmodels was on the glitter-pink carpet at the Pose premiere, capturing all the fabulousness for you.
Set in the 1980s, Pose is a dance musical that explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene.
“Some people have wrongheaded views of the trans community or the gay community, and this show is really about seeing them as full human beings,” Ryan Murphy told Vanity Fair at last night’s premiere. “I hope that people will feel enlightened and entertained at the same time. We live in a really dark time in our country and in our culture, and this show brings compassion to the screen.”
And Murphy is not only using his show to make LGBTQ people visible, but also to raise some money for the community as well. “I try to use my power for good, and I am donating all the profits back into the community. I am not making any money on this project. That is something that I just wanted to do,” Murphy tells Page Six.
The transgender cast includes Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross, who co-star alongside Evan Peters, Kate Mara, James Van Der Beek, Tony Award winner Billy Porter, Charlayne Woodard, and newcomers Ryan Jamaal Swain, Dyllón Burnside and Angel Bismark Curiel.
Pose was co-created by Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals, with Murphy directing the first two episodes. The series is executive produced by Murphy, Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh. Canals and Silas Howard serve as co-executive producers, and Janet Mock, Our Lady J and Erica Kay also serve as producers. The eight-episode first season is produced by Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.