Ryan Murphy, the man behind hit shows such as “American Horror Story” and “Scream Queens,” has made history with his new show, FX’s ‘Pose.’ The pilot of the show, which is set to begin production in New York next month, will be featuring a total of five transgender actors, making history with the largest number of transgender actors in series regular roles for a scripted series.
The 1980s drama series is taking an even farther step toward equality by also inviting transgender directors to be mentored through Murphy’s Directing Mentorship Program, which he began after launching his Half initiative, a foundation within 20th Century Fox aimed at creating equal opportunities for women and minorities behind the camera.
The five actors that will be joining the cast are MJ Rodriguez, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross. The actors will all be playing trans characters living in ballroom culture, while also shining light on the rise of the Trump-era.
“We are thrilled that ‘Pose’ pushes the narrative forward by centering on the unique and under-told experiences of trans women and gay people of color," co-creator Steven Canals told The Hollywood Reporter. “Ryan has assembled a strong team of storytellers and innovators to collaborate on telling this important narrative. As a Bronx-bred queer writer of color, I'm honored to aid in ushering this groundbreaking show into homes."
Due to Murphy’s Half initiative, FX networks director slate increased from 12 percent female/diverse directors in 2015 to 51 percent in 2016.
“I love looking around my company and empowering inclusion in all departments,” Murphy told Deadline earlier this year. “I recently led a production meeting and was proud to see that more than half of the people sitting at the table were women and minorities. That’s the way it should be.”