Emmy-nominated ‘Transparent’ star Judith Light’s generous words about LGBT community
When you think about it, Judith Light has had one of the most successful TV careers of any actress around. She won two Emmys for her work on the ABC soap One Life to Live before her eight year run on the hit sitcom Who’s The Boss. That was followed by a four-year Emmy-nominated stint on Ugly Betty and a longtime recurring role as a judge on Law & Order: SVU.
Now she’s one of the stars on Transparent which begins its third season this fall and the two-time Tony winner also continues to work on Broadway.
The 2016 Emmy nominee for supporting actress in a comedy was asked this week by Huffington Post what makes Transparent different from other shows on TV.
‘First of all, all credit goes to (show creator) Jill Soloway and all of our writers and the actors I get to work with. Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker and Gaby Hoffmann … That kind of support and creativity and artistry, and on top of that, you get to be part of the world of the transgender community that has so long been in the shadows, and for so long been “the other.” We get to have a conversation that changes the way the world thinks about the LGBT community. You’re talking about an entire system. The advocacy that I have cared about for so long, plus the work I’ve done as an actor … the combination of those two things is just quite remarkable.’
Miss light also spoke beautifully of the LGBT community of which she has been a staunch ally for decades.
‘When you see the ones that are being oppressed, you see a kind of learning, leadership, power, understanding and respect, and heartfelt response in humanity that you don’t always see elsewhere. When I watch the LGBT community and [see all that they’ve done], I watch a community rise. They have power — and by power, I mean gentle power, kindness, graciousness, generosity, being present of one another.’