Why Jeffrey Tambor Signed on for 'Transparent'


We found out why Transparent is being called one of the best new shows of the year.

Amazon Prime's new show Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as a father of three adult children who begins a new life as a woman, and we found out why it's being called one of the best shows of the year.

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"This show asks beautifully this question: If I change, will you still be there? Will you still love me if I change?" Jeffrey told ET.

The 70-year-old showbiz vet went on to explain why he would take on such a risky role at this point in his career.

"There's huge trans-phobia, there's huge trans-prejudice, and huge trans-ignorance, including I," said Jeffery. "I was ignorant with a capital 'IG.' I didn't know. I thought I knew and I knew nothing ... I was throw up nervous as we were filming this, because it is important to me. I was shaking like a leaf. Not because I wanted to get good reviews, but I wanted to do it right. Because this is important."

The show employs two trans producers/consultants, Zachary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, who agreed with Jeffrey's sentiment about the show's importance.

"Trans-equality is the fight for gender equality," said Zachary.

"I think one of the biggest misconceptions is that there is only one way to be trans," said Rhys. "There's a lot of people that are kind of finding places to live in the middle or identify in a totally different way. There's just as many ways to be trans as there is to be a woman for instance. It's just a huge spectrum."