Janet Mock has reflected on becoming the first trans woman of color to direct an episode of television.
The star was asked by Glee creator Ryan Murphy to direct an episode of his hit show Pose, based on the ballrooms of 80s New York City.
Janet had already been serving as a writer on the show. However, she admits to initial reservations about taking on directing opportunity, due to her lack of experience behind the camera.
‘Nobody understood the characters better than I did’
Trans rights activist Janet told Vogue : ‘When Ryan asked me to do it, I said, “I have no idea how to direct a television episode!”
‘He told me he had no clue what he was doing when he started working on Nip/Tuck, but he just figured it out – and nobody understood the characters better than I did.’
Pose is reported to have the largest recurring cast of LGBTI actors in scripted drama history.
‘Too few women who have had the opportunity to direct’
Janet furthermore continued: ‘On the first day of filming, he gave a speech to the cast and all of the hundreds of extras in the ballroom letting them know that it was a historic night – and asking them to support my vision.’
She also added: ‘When we wrapped the episode a few weeks later […], I sobbed. There are too few women who have had the opportunity to direct. It’s such an honour to be among the ones who have.’