Caitlyn Jenner Will Make A 'Transparent' Cameo & It Sounds Like A Brilliant Idea
Caitlyn Jenner is no stranger to TV. Between her reality series and multiple years on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, it's like second nature for the star. But it's still exciting news that the former Olympic athlete is making a cameo on another TV show. According to the New York Daily News, Jenner will appear in Season 3 of Transparent , the Emmy Award-winning Amazon series. As EW reports, creator Jill Soloway said at Saturday's GLAAD Media Awards that it's a "dream come true" to have the 66-year-old on the show. The I Am Cait star is supposed to begin filming this month, although her role is unknown, as well as how many episodes she'll appear in. Elaborating on this news, Soloway said,
We are all part of the same community. A lot of the transwomen who work on our show are also in her show, I Am Cait. Lots of crossover. Lots of friends.
This is really amazing news. The show already had two successful seasons on Amazon, and the fact that there's a third on the way, with such great cast members on-board, is even better. I'm eager to see whether Jenner will actually play herself on the show or a different role, but either way it's great to see her venturing beyond reality TV and getting involved on a scripted series as well.
Previously, Soloway has spoken highly of Jenner, so it's not entirely surprising that the duo are working together now. Back in November 2015, Soloway defended Jenner amidst criticism for the latter's Glamour Woman of the Year award. She talked about femininity, comparing Jenner to her own Moppa (who inspired Transparent), saying, "People really disdain femininity — unless it’s perfect... And late-transitioning trans women, people like Caitlyn, people like my moppa, they’ve been exposed to testosterone their entire life."
The fact that they're coming together for the show is awesome. Sure, Jenner receives her fair share of criticism from people who believe she doesn't "represent" the trans community well, but she's been vocal about not trying to speak for anyone else; she's just sharing her story. Considering Transparent centers around a trans character, it makes sense to include a variety of trans individuals and their stories, especially someone as influential as Jenner.
Since filming is only starting in April, fans may have to wait awhile for the actual episode. But I, for one, can't wait to watch.