EXCLUSIVE: Mya Taylor Opens Up About ‘Supportive’ Relationship With Caitlyn Jenner

by Stacy Lambe 8:22 AM PST, March 02, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Mya Taylor Opens Up About ‘Supportive’ Relationship With Caitlyn Jenner

As transgender actress Mya Taylor continues to make history, she has Caitlyn Jenner standing by her side.

The Tangerine star recently won a Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress, the first major acting award for a transgender entertainer. Previously, Harmony Santana had been nominated in 2011 for the same prize and Laverne Cox earned a 2014 Primetime Emmy nomination for her role on Orange Is the New Black.

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Ahead of the ceremony, Taylor opened up to ETonline about her budding friendship with Jenner, who lent her support to the actress and Tangerine earlier this year.

"I talk to her every week; she's a sweetheart," Taylor revealed. "She's very supportive and she gives me good advice."

In January, the I Am Cait star hosted a screening of Tangerine for the film's Oscar campaign -- namely to draw attention to Taylor's critically acclaimed performance. (Jenner's own series returns for season two on Sunday, March 6.)

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"Movies like this are so important because this is about honesty; this is about actually what happens out there in the community," Jenner said at the time.

The film's director, Sean Baker, and producers, Mark and Jay Duplass, who launched the campaign, were also appreciative of Jenner's support.

"She's a very busy woman, so to make the time to come out and support our little indie means everything in the world," Baker said. "On top of that, she was able to have a nice dialogue and discussion with Mya. It's just really nice to know that this film is sort of making waves across many different trans communities and it feels good."

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While Tangerine failed to earn any Oscar nominations, Jay Duplass is still overjoyed with what the film accomplished. "I'm already so proud of them and everything they've done," the Transparent actor said, referring to everyone who was involved in making and promoting the film.

And for Taylor, things continue to push forward. She will portray transgender rights pioneer Marsha P. Johnson in the short film, Happy Birthday, Marsha! The film, which was funded by fans through Kickstarter and Indiegogo, will be released later this year.

"Marsha's such a sweet soul and I feel like her story needed to be heard," she said.