To cast an actor authentically who is trans to play trans, I think that everyone was nervous that the pool of actors to look at would be small.But it wasn't — there were a lot of really great choices.“They’re the best people in the world,” Whoopi Goldberg says about the cast of “Strut,” her new Oxygen show that follows a group of models signed to Slay Model Management, an exclusively transgender modeling agency.The first reality modeling show to focus solely on transgender artists, “Strut,” which Goldberg executive produces with her producing partner Tom Leonardis, is breaking ground in the unscripted space and marks the latest series in the recent wave of trans-centric programming.Despite her huge success as a television host, she says she would prefer dancing to hosting TV programmes if forced to choose just one job. I liked their idea of having parents help children select partners since it matches Chinese people’s concept of marriage as not only a deal between two people, but also a deal between two families.I thought the programme was also a good fit for me because I can communicate freely with both young and old people. It was aired from the end of last year to February of this year and the viewer ratings were among the highest on the weekend.It was at that moment, I knew I had to continue being a LGBTQ advocate.
When Ian discovers the truth, he freaks out and spews out a lot of questions — drunkenly at the bar they’re at, and later with an LGBTQA group over lunch — which may give viewers déjà vu to the time in season one when Ian first came out. “A few years ago, Ian was being confronted with people who were homophobic or weren't accepting of his choices, and now it has become normalized.
We’re not sexual predators, we just want to use the bathroom.
JJ: We were approached by a production company and while we were hesitant at first, we knew this would be a great platform to share our story, and to help normalize what it means to be transgender.
Suddenly he's on the other side of it now, confronted with this new [trans] situation that he has to learn to accept,” she says.
“Like people had to digest and process his sexuality in the beginning of the series, now Ian has to educate himself.