JEF­FREY TAMBOR is back as Trans­par­ent’s trans­gen­der grand­mother Maura

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COM­EDY DRAMA Amazon Prime Video Jef­frey Tambor re­turns in his Emmy-win­ning role of trans­gen­der grand­mother Maura Pf­ef­fer­man.

WHEN US PRES­I­DENT Don­ald Trump tweeted in July that trans­gen­der peo­ple would be banned from serv­ing in the US mil­i­tary, Hol­ly­wood ac­tor Jef­frey Tambor was less than im­pressed.

The vet­eran star has won wide ac­claim for his por­trayal of trans­gen­der grand­mother Maura Pf­ef­fer­man in the com­edy drama Trans­par­ent, and he takes pride in the fact that his char­ac­ter has helped change peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes.

‘A mother and fa­ther came up to me at a film festival and told me their young son said he wanted to grow up like Katy Perry,’ says Tambor. ‘They said that watch­ing Trans­par­ent gave them the in­spi­ra­tion and de­ter­mi­na­tion to help him.’

The new fourth sea­son sees Maura travel to Is­rael af­ter she is in­vited to speak at a con­fer­ence. When she makes a star­tling fam­ily dis­cov­ery, it prompts the rest of the clan – Maura’s adult chil­dren Ali (Gaby Hoff­mann), Sarah (Amy Lan­decker) and Josh (Jay Du­plass), and ex-wife Shelly (Ju­dith Light) – to join her in the Holy Land.

Tambor ad­mits that the new se­ries has a more po­lit­i­cal edge af­ter Trump’s elec­tion, but says the show won’t be preachy about the trans­gen­der cause. ‘There’s no fin­ger-wag­ging – it’s just the char­ac­ters’ lives be­ing lived with yet an­other pres­sure when they wake up.’

The 73-year-old ac­tor is in line for a third Emmy for his role at this week’s awards [see panel]. Not sur­pris­ingly, he says he’ll be happy to play Maura for as long as he can.

‘I hope the show goes on for­ever,’ he laughs. ‘I once had my for­tune read by an­other ac­tor in the 1960s. He said, “Things are go­ing to hap­pen for you, but they’re go­ing to hap­pen for you very late.” He wasn’t kid­ding.’

‘I hope the show goes on for­ever’

jef­frey tambor




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