Sep 282016
'Modern Family' Is Hiring TV's First Openly Transgender Child Actor

Modern Family is staying true to its name. Wednesday’s episode of the hit ABC comedy will feature 8-year-old Jackson Millarker, the first openly transgender child actor.

Now in its eighth season, the Emmy Award-winning series will air “A Stereotypical Day” this week, its second episode since the season began. In the episode, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) host a playdate for their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons), who invites classmate transgender Tom (Jackson Millarker) over to their home to play. The shenanigans that ensue serve as a solid memo regarding the lack of information and education we have on transgender individuals.

Film editor Ryan Case, who directed the episode, shared a selfie of Millarker and herself on set on Monday.

“This is Jackson Millarker,” she wrote. “He’s 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily’s friend Tom in this week’s Modern Family and he’s wonderful. One of the many reasons I love being a part of this show.”

'Modern Family' Is Hiring TV's First Openly Transgender Child Actor

What’s especially notable about a transgender child playing a transgender child in a TV show is that it’s never happened before. As a matter of fact, no real-life transgender adult has portrayed a transgender character in mainstream media.

The casting choice echoes the thoughts of Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, who acknowledged the issue when he accepted his Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy this year: 

“I would not be unhappy if I were the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television,” he said at the time.

Don’t forget to tune in for “A Stereotypical Day” on Wednesday, September 28 on ABC.




'Modern Family' Is Featuring TV's First Openly Transgender Child Actor
Source: Zimbio

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