The story focus of Amazon’s acclaimed drama series Transparent is broadening out in season 2. Golden Globe winner Jeffrey Tambor says his character Maura, who came out as transgender to her family in the first season, will not be the main focus of the new episodes.
“Maura is not the central figure [in season 2], but the gateway now from so many stories evolving from this decision to be authentic,” Tambor said at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Monday. “‘Will you still love me if I change’ — that’s where we’re throwing down in a wonderful way. It’s becoming more than just a story about transitioning, about people seeking their freedom, all of us.”
During the panel — which also featured Transparent creator Jill Soloway and co-stars Jay Duplass, Bradley Whitford, Judith Light, Amy Landecker and Alexandra Billings — Amazon revealed that season 2 will debut on Dec. 4 and also unveiled a new teaser trailer. (The clip is not yet online.)
Other things of note from the Transparent panel.
— Tambor noted there’s one scene from season 2 in particular that really impressed him. “We did a scene the other day, and we all said it, ‘This is as good as it gets.’ I remember [going home and thinking], ‘That’s all I ever wanted to do as an actor is the scene we just did.'”
— Duplass teased that his character, Josh, goes to “a very dark place” this time (“He’s a bit of a whipping boy in season 2, he has a long long way to go, and I’m enjoying getting the crap beat out of me”). Landecker, meanwhile, noted the season for her character, Sarah, will be “a year of revelation and consequences.”
— Co-star Bradley Whitford said getting used to playing a woman was tricky. “It’s so alarming the pain of heels,” he said. “But it made my legs look better. You immediately click into a female ego. It was fun and a little frightening.” Tambor countered that all the costume elements were the “easiest part” for him. “I like all that stuff … I loved the mani-pedi…the real journey is interior,” he noted.
— Asked what Maura would think of Caitlyn Jenner, Tambor said that the Transparent cast and crew had already met with the former Olympian and I Am Cait star. “We love Caitlyn,” Tambor said.