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By Jackie Strause. Managing Editor, East Coast.
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Transparent is no stranger to featuring groundbreaking, never-before-seen moments on television. Davina is living with HIV and struggling with how she feels on her medication, and the pair are discussing how they should be treating her health.
When struck by a shooting pain, Davina rolls over to continue the conversation, exposing her breasts and, for the first time for the transgender actress, her penis. Billings has been acting in both trans and cis roles as an openly transgender actress for years.
But when Soloway and the writers met with her ahead of the fourth season to mine from her life, Billings, ed by Transparent co-star Trace Lysettesuggested she go nude for the first time. I just ramble off things. And I think everything I asked for, they did.
Featuring trans-inclusive nudity on TV sends a needed message to both the trans community, and, Billings says, the world. Not only Hollywood would change, but I think the world at large would.
The season was the biggest yet for Davinaas Transparent viewers learned her backstory during a series of flashbacks. The series then travels back in time to before Davina transitioned to show how she, then a young male, engaged in a relationship with an older HIV-positive man and contracted the disease.
The HIV. The drag ants. The government is trying to stifle that history. This season, especially for trans people, I wanted to come in with a very specific voice, which is right along with what Jill is saying, which is that we do not belong in any container.
We belong to one race, the human race. Humanity matters, and all of us need to be taken into .
The transgender romance between Shea and Josh also broke ground by telling a love story between a cis hetero male and a trans woman. Both Lysette and Billings hope Shea will be back for the fifth season, which has already been renewed by Amazon. Billings hopes Shea comes back a little wiser and more jaded after her experience with Josh, and Lysette just hopes she comes back. Playing a larger-than-life drag queen this season, however, provided Lysette with the opportunity to channel her own past as well.
Drag in the Midwest is huge for finding yourself in the queer community. These nightclubs are safe spaces, and I was so happy that they showed that little slice of our subculture.
Lysettehowever, says she still finds it challenging to not be typecast. It is up to the gatekeepers to open the door for us.
Billings agrees that there needs to be more opportunity. We need to create those portals ourselves as well.
The new season, which focuses on both personal and global borders and boundaries, sees the Pfeffermans and the expanded clan of characters blowing up the binary on several levels. That makes me really happy. I hope she comes back a little different.
Transparent is now streaming all 10 episodes on Amazon Prime Video. Tell THR what you think about the new season in the comments below, and check back in with Live Feed for more from the cast this week. Follow Up. View All. September 26, am.
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