“Josh is going to be chubby in Season 4,” is how Jay Duplass starts describing Josh Pfefferman, his character on “Transparent” at the beginning of the new season. In our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above), he reveals that he had to wear a fat suit in order to achieve the right look for the character. He continues by saying that Josh’s wardrobe slips several notches and that the character is cohabiting with his mother, Shelly (Judith Light). He says, “Josh feels that she is the only person more hopeless than himself. The way he sees it, if Josh can help his mother then there’s hope for him too.”
The Amazon series has been an awards juggernaut for the streaming service. At the Emmys, the show has won the prizes for Best Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor) and Best Comedy Directing (creator Jill Soloway) for the past two years. Duplass got recognition as well last year by earning a Critics’ Choice Television Award nomination for Best Comedy Supporting Actor.
Duplass finds it strange that he’s devoting such a significant amount of time to performing since he’s had not done much acting prior to this. “I was a writer and director,” he says. “I happened to be at a dinner party with Jill Soloway. She mentioned she was developing a TV show but hadn’t cast the son. She needed a charismatic and slightly insecure Jewish man in his mid-30s to play him and I offered to help cast it. 30 minutes later she looked at me and said, ‘It’s you. You’re him.'” He went to a reading of the pilot and described what happened as “One of those moments where lightning strikes on camera.”
As Josh is a very flawed character it might be hard for some to think of a favorite moment of his from the series but Duplass had no trouble thinking of his favorite. He singled out the moment after he’s traveled to try to save his relationship with his son and Ali (Gaby Hoffmann) comes into discussion. “That moment was so special because she walked in accidentally and we decided there on the moment to let Josh say that it was okay for her to be there. It was powerful to see someone as ego-driven as Josh can be to let his sister in and let her witness what will be a soul crushing moment and be there for him.”
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