"Transparent" star Jeffrey Tambor loves his character's imperfections: "I just love that she's of an age and that gravity has started to exert its force"

The Emmy nominee spoke to GQ about his groundbreaking role as transgender woman Maura Pfefferman

By Anna Silman

Published July 28, 2015 3:12PM (EDT)


In an interview with GQ Magazine, 2015 Emmy nominee Jeffrey Tambor talks about his groundbreaking performance as transgender woman Maura Pfefferman on Amazon’s “Transparent,” calling it "a thrill ride—all I've ever wanted as an actor."

Saying that he has been inspired by Caitlyn Jenner — who has been invited to visited the set in season two — Tambor adds that he likes the fact that Maura isn’t trying to be perfect. "I just love that she's of an age and that gravity has started to exert its force” he explains.

In that vein, creator Jill Soloway adds that we might see more of Maura’s flaws and foibles in the upcoming season.

"Because the central conceit of the show was that the trans person is the most normal person in this family, and because in season one we were sort of introducing America to the idea of trans-ness, we didn't give Maura as many unlikable moments as we could have," Soloway says. But because of Caitlyn Jenner and the increased trans visibility sweeping hte nation, "America is kind of caught up now,” says Soloway. "So we can allow Maura to be more vulnerable, to not be a saint, to fall in love, screw up, make enemies."

Thankfully, there’s going to be a lot more Maura Pfefferman in our future — the show recently got renewed for a third season, while season 2 is expected to roll out sometime fall 2015.

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