Judith Light Q&A: ‘Transparent’
Even though there wasn’t a script for her to read, Judith Light knew that she wanted to be a part of “Transparent.” In our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video above), she reveals, “My agent asked me if I wanted to do a Skype call with [series creator] Jill Soloway about her new project. I did and they told me what it was about since there wasn’t a script at that point. I just had a 45-minute conversation with Jill about her vision for the show.” The two really struck a chord over their advocacy for the LGBT community and Light ended up telling her manager that “this could be the project that would bring me back to L.A.”
The Amazon series has been a juggernaut at awards ceremonies since its premiere, scoring two consecutive Emmy wins for Best Comedy Actor (Jeffrey Tambor) and Best Comedy Direction (Soloway). Light’s portrayal of matriarch Shelly Pfefferman has played a big part in the show’s awards profile. She scored an Emmy nomination last year for Best Comedy Supporting Actress (bested by Kate McKinnon for “Saturday Night Live”) and a Golden Globe nom for Best TV Supporting Actress in 2016 (beat out by Maura Tierney for “The Affair”).
When it comes to what season four has in store for Shelly, Light was not able to give us any specifics but did clue us in to where she’s at. She says, “You’ll see her try to make her way into continuing to find her voice. It’s one of those things where this place in her has been opened and she’s going to try a bunch of different things to see what fits.”
In addition to being a legendary performer, Light has also made a name for herself as a big advocate for the LGBT community. Her passion for this came from seeing what happening to the community during the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s and 90s. “All my friends were dying and our government wasn’t doing anything about it. They were being discarded and the rhetoric toward the community was divisive and I found that unconscionable.” She added that speaking up in support of the community was something she felt she had to do if she was going to live with herself.