Jeffrey Tambor asks Hollywood to ‘give trans actors a chance’ during Emmy speech

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The Transparent star says he would be happy to be the last cisgender actor playing a transgender character.

Jeffrey Tambor’s role in hit TV show Transparent has earned him yet another Emmy.

Jeffrey Tambor asks Hollywood to ‘give trans actors a chance’ during Emmy speech

However, during his acceptance speech, the actor pleaded with Hollywood to give more opportunities to actual trans actors, saying he would be happy to be the last cis actor in a trans role.

“Now listen to me, I’m not going to say this beautifully,” he said at the end of his acceptance speech for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

“To you people out there, you producers and you network owners and you agents and you creative sparks: please give transgender talent a chance.

“Give them auditions. Give them their stories. Do that,” he begged.

“And also one more thing: I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television.”

“We have work to do,” Tambor concluded. “I love you.”

Transparent’s third season starts this week.

The hit US show returns September 23 – and it seems the Pfeffermans are as gloriously dysfunctional as ever.

Tambor stars as a trans woman Maura in the Amazon series – which focusses on a parent
coming out to their children and transitioning later in life.


The latest series opens with a birthday party for Maura, who has some news for her family.

The show has become a cult hit and one of Amazon’s biggest shows, with Tambor also winning Best Actor at the Screen Actors Guild awards earlier this year.

And fans of the show need not worry – it has already been confirmed for a fourth outing.

Transparent: Season Three premieres Friday, September 23 on Amazon Prime.

Watch a trailer for season three below: