Caitlyn Jenner’s character in Amazon’s Transparent isn’t really a character at all!
The Olympian, reality star, advocate and, now, actress will play herself in the award-winning drama about a father who comes out as a transgender woman, according to one of the show’s stars.
“She’s herself,” Judith Light, who plays Shelly Pfefferman, tells Entertainment Tonight of Jenner’s season 3 role, which has already concluded filming. “It’s perfect. What could be more perfect? I’m not in that scene and I wasn’t there the day that she filmed, but what could be more perfect than having her as part of the show?”
Executive producer Jill Soloway first confirmed the news to the Associated Press in April, but did not disclose exactly which part Jenner, 66, would be holding the series.
“She’s the most famous trans woman on the planet, she’s in the most famous family on the planet,” Soloway told PEOPLE of Jenner in November, “It’s a blessing. There are so few out trans role models. I liken it to when you’re a little kid and you want to cross the street, but the highway’s too busy and so everybody holds hands and walks across together.”
And the cast couldn’t be buzzing more about this perfect fit.
“It was fun to have her on set,” costar Jay Duplass, who plays Josh Pfefferman, told ET of Jenner. “People are nervous about how she shows up on Transparent. All I can say is that once they see it, they’ll be really pleased because it makes a lot of sense the way that it happens.”
Amazon has already picked up the series for season 4. In the meantime, season 3 is slated to premiere this fall.