If there is any pressure on the award-winning team for “Transparent,” it’s hard to tell.
“We decided to take all of the positive regards and love and awards and use it to go crazy,” said show creator Jill Soloway at the second season premiere Monday at the Pacific Design Center. “Let’s take chances and do things that we can because we feel safe; we have the third season ordered.”
Popular words that were used to describe the upcoming season of the Amazon comedy were “riskier” and “darker.”
“Let’s just say, we’re taking the bubble wrap off and we’re seeing more of the works and Maura gets a little lost and hopefully we find her,” said Jeffrey Tambor.
The series will also incorporate the history of transgenders in its second season. Trans actress Hari Nef has been added to the cast to portray an ancestor of the Pfefferman clan. The show will also have flashbacks of the tight-knit trans community that lived in 1930s Berlin. (Who knew?)
“A lot of scenes were hard to film, but it’s a story that needs to be told and it’s a queer and trans history that hasn’t been represented very much,” stated Nef. “You know trans people, we’ve been around forever and I think season two really drives that home.”
Additionally, this season has added transgender writer Our Lady J to its staff. Soloway told Variety that the new hire has allowed the show to really understand more about Tambor’s character — more so than only having a trans consultant in its previous season.
“To really have Lady J in the writer’s room has really allowed us to get inside of Maura’s desires and her needs and really just try to get things more specific and more real,” said Soloway.
Before the screening, Alexandra Billings — fresh off a guest appearance on “How To Get Away with Murder” — and Melora Hardin seemed like warring BFFs. The two actresses exchanged compliments alternating “You’re so pretty” and “No, you’re so pretty” before taking their seats.
Guests walked a couple of blocks down Melrose to attend the after-party at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood. There, “Hand of God” actor Andre Royo chatted at the bar with his +1 and former “The Wire” co-star Jamie Hector. Other attendees included Jay Duplass, Kathryn Hahn, Bradley Whitford, Michaela Watkins and Amazon Studios head Roy Price.
After the hors d’oeuvres were served, Soloway cut a cake decorated to look like a meat and cheese platter to celebrate the second season.