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My chat with “Transparent” creator Jill Soloway

As an unexpected Cyber Monday gift this week, Amazon made the season of its acclaimed dramedy Transparent available for streaming a week earlier than scheduled.

Show creator Jill Soloway told me during our recent chat that season two is quite a ride.

‘It’s wild, it’s crazy, it’s nuts, it;s really different,’ she says. ‘We try to upend people’s expectations. We just try to make it so that if you tune in, you just didn’t get what you were expecting. People will tune in and go, “Holy crap, it’s way beyond what I ever imagined.”‘

The show is about a trans parent coming out to her family and was inspired by Soloway’s real life when her father transitioned late in life.

The show stars Jeffrey Tambor, Judith Light, Jay Duplass, Amy Landecker and Gaby Hoffman and had already been renewed for a third season before the second season even aired.

It was also nominated for a whopping 11 Emmys and among its wins was for Soloway’s writing and for Tambor in the best actor category.

Despite the critical acclaim and attention, Soloway says it’s not difficult to keep focused on the show, its content and its contribution to the LGBTI movement.

‘It’s amazing. We’re all just making art and having the time of our lives and lucky enough to be like we’re part of a civil rights movement which really raises the feeling when you go to work. It makes you realize it’s about more than television. It’s about a movement and saving lives. We get to do it all. We get to have fun making art and know that it matters.’

‘I’m working with my friends – all my best friends are in the writers room,’ Soloway adds. ‘Everybody I love is in the writers room. I just go to work and I hang out with my friends and make them laugh and play all day.

Even though the show is her baby, she doesn’t have any recommendations when it comes to either binge-watching the episodes in marathon fashion or watching them broken up over several days.

‘I really like for people to do whatever makes them happy – I love the personal experience of it, I love the way that people can have their own relationship with the show – that is one of the coolest things.’

But she does recommend watching them more than once.

‘I like at least two viewings,’ she says. ‘I like when people tell me they’ve gone back.’

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