Pose star Mj Rodriguez received a well-deserved Emmy nomination today for Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She is the first trans woman ever to be recognized in a lead acting category. Rodriguez was honored for her brilliant work as house mother Blanca in Pose‘s third and final season.
“Michaela Jaé (Mj) Rodriguez’s Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series is a breakthrough for transgender women in Hollywood, and a long-overdue recognition for her groundbreaking performance over the past three seasons of POSE,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “Additionally, the show’s nomination for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as Billy Porter’s third nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, mark a historic show that undoubtedly raised the bar for trans representation on television and changed the way viewers around the world understand the trans community.”
Pose received nine nominations for its final season. In addition to Rodriguez, there are nods for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Billy Porter.