‘Modern Family’ to feature transgender child actor
Los Angeles, Sep 27 (IANS) American TV show “Modern Family” will include a transgender child actor in its upcoming episode.
In the upcoming episode titled “A Stereotypical Day”, parents Cameron “Cam” (essayed by Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (essayed by Jesse Tyler Ferguson) permit their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) to have her transgender friend Tom over for a play-date, reports variety.com.
Both parents will be shown filled with pride that they have done well in raising an accepting and open-minded child. But that pride quickly diminishes when Lily insults her friend, which they use as a teachable moment.
Lily’s playmate Tom will be played by 8-year-old transgender actor Jackson Millarker.
Ryan Case, who directed the episode, posted an image of Millarker on set.
“This is Jackson Millarker,” Case captioned the image on Instagram.
“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,” Case added.
Other shows that have transgender characters on screen played by transgender actors include “Orange Is The New Black” and “Nashville,” but in adult roles, not child roles.