Melora Hardin Q&A: ‘Transparent’
“I’m so over the moon, it has been a long time coming because I’ve been working since I was six!” laughs Melora Hardin as we chat via webcam (watch above) about her first-ever Emmy nomination for her role as Tammy Cashman on “Transparent.” Because Hardin only featured in four episodes of the show’s sophomore season, she contends for Comedy Guest Actress rather than in the supporting actress category, for which she was eligible but missed out on a nomination last year.
Submitting the second episode of the season (“Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump”) to Emmy voters was a no-brainer according to Hardin. The show’s creator, Emmy-winner Jill Soloway, told her that this would be her big “Emmy episode.” As she recalls, “I was writing an email to Jill Soloway to say congratulations on all of the Emmy wins. I said in the email that next year we’ve got to do something that makes Tammy pop out to the critics, and she said yeah, ‘I’m going to write you your Emmy episode.'” She laughs again. “That was pretty amazing of her.”
“Flicky-Flicky Thump-Thump” takes place at a pool party held by Josh Pfefferman (Jay Duplass) in the aftermath of the ill-fated wedding of his big sister Sarah (Amy Landecker) and her lover Tammy. All hell breaks loose poolside when Tammy unexpectedly shows up drunk. An enraged and bitterly heartbroken Tammy roars at Sarah and her family, calling them out for being insensitive and self-involved. “I am a beautiful soul, and you are all monsters!” she screams ferociously as she throws the leftover wedding cake into the pool in a final act of defiance.
“That’s what is so great about the show,” Hardin explains. “It’s so heartbreaking and hilarious. Tammy is speaking out loud what the audience is thinking, that all you Pfeffermans are so self-centered and so selfish and you don’t see that other people are being left in your wake,” she explains. “Maybe Emmy voters felt aligned with Tammy and felt compassionate and empathetic to her.”
After so many years toiling away as a journeywoman actor, Hardin is thrilled to nominated alongside comedy legends and respected veteran actresses with impressive resumes and awards under their belts. “All of us in this category have been doing this for a really long time, and I think that’s really cool,” she readily admits. “There’s something really beautiful about all seven of us in the category. We’ve all been there, done that, doing it, still doing it, going to keep doing it.”