There's no question that Amazon's
Tambor stars as seventysomething transgender woman Maura Pfefferman -- a role for which he's earned a
"I would say, and it sounds a little glib, I think playing Maura, I get to access more of Jeffrey Tambor than I get to access when I'm playing Jeffrey Tambor," he said. "I'm still learning."
He added: "I've gotten letters from people telling me... how [Transparent] has helped them in their freedom and taking their authenticity and through some very, very hard times ... I want to especially reach out to the people who are not Maura Pfefferman and don't shop in the mall, things like that, and people who are really scraping by to get their freedom and their medicine and hormone shots and surgeries. It's not a red carpet thing; it's a people thing."
Production on the third season of the half-hour dramedy begins Friday.