Ryan Murphy’s New Show Has the Largest Cast of Transgender Actors Ever on TV
“New Ryan Murphy TV Show” is probably the least surprising headline you could ever read. After all, the guy has about 15 different shows airing at any given time. But he has just broken a record with his newest series, Pose. The upcoming FX series has five transgender actors cast as series regulars — making this the largest trans cast ever for a scripted series.
Pose is set in 1980s New York. The series will take a look at characters across different social strata, from ball culture to “Greed is Good” yuppie scum.
The newly-hired trans actors in Pose are MJ Rodriguez (playing Blanca), Indya Moore (Angel), Dominique Jackson (Elektra), Hailie Sahar (Lulu) and Angelica Ross (Candy).
There are a number of trans people behind the scenes too. Our Lady J from Transparent and activist Janet Mock are working on scripts for the show. Activist Silas Howard is a co-executive producer. And Murphy’s “Half Initiative” is helping the production mentor emerging transgender directors.
Pose co-creator Steven Canals told The Hollywood Reporter :
We are thrilled that Pose pushes the narrative forward by centering on the unique and under-told experiences of trans women and gay people of color. Ryan has assembled a strong team of storytellers and innovators to collaborate on telling this important narrative. As a Bronx-bred queer writer of color, I’m honored to aid in ushering this groundbreaking show into homes.
Ryan Murphy has long argued for more diversity in television. In 2016, his “Half initiative” pledged to ensure half of the directors on his shows are either women, people of color and/or LGBTQ people. He also said he’d share the names of directors he’s considering with other showrunners who want to see greater representation behind the scenes.