Billy Porter talks about the final season of 'Pose'

Porter, who won a lead actor Emmy for his role in the series, is gearing up for the final season, which is slated to air this weekend.
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There's only one thing wrong with our next guest, he's not here in person. Ah. That's right. We're talking about the one and only Billy porter. We wish he were here. He won an the groundbreaking series "Pose," a show that's the first of its kind on the mainstream network shining a light on that community. The final season is a few days away. Good to see you. We wish you were right here with us in the studio. Hi. You always bring it. I know, soon, very soon we will be all back. Soon and very soon. Yes. We're looking forward to that. Hey, you know, now that the final season, it's wrapped and it's about to debut, what are your emotions? You know, it's bittersweet and I feel complete. You know, I am old enough to have lived through the AIDS crisis and, you know, I always thought in a survivor's guilt kind of way like why did I survive? Why? And when "Pose" came around the character of pray tell presented itself in my life I understood why. You know, Billy, we need a lot of healing right now. I think we all do. I feel like "Pose" can help us with this. Okay, whatever it takes. We're live TV. In case you were wondering. I live in the country now, I live in my best mighty dreams. All the people here working on the lawns and stuff, you never know. There's always buzzing, so I'm sorry, I apologize. Hey, it's life. It's life. Life as you described it. I'm blessed. I'm blessed. I'm grateful. Pray tell is -- you can go answer another one. We'll show a clip. Pray tell making a big decision this season. Let's take a look. I'm done emceeing the balls. We do not accept your resignation. It's not up for discussion. Y'all know the balls ain't what they used to be. We've lost too many icons and all these young kids got no home training and these cash prizes and these tacky lip syncs. Pray tell is on a journey this season. Yes, he is. Yes, he is, you know, it's the final season. It was a really, really rough period for America. There are so many parallels right now with covid-19 and I hope that what people can gain from the show and from watching these parallels and experiencing this community break out and lead with love to heal. That's the only way that we can do it. It's been proven time and time again, and sometimes you just got to be reminded that it's always about leading with love first. Love first. Love and understanding. What Michael was alluding to. This is going to bring us -- help us with some healing. You're also heading back to the director's chair making your movie directorial debut. What are your feelings about that, Billy? I am -- I am so excited. You know, 20 years ago when I was doing the artist way workbook and excavating what I really wanted to like do moving forward, it popped up. It was like, oh, I want to be a filmmaker. How do you get there from that? Well, you put in the work. Here I am 20 years later directing a film called "What if" about a black transgender teenager in high school doing high school coming of age things, it's for the relaunch of Orion pictures under the mgm banner and I am just thrilled that they have trusted me to helm this project. I'm excited to birth it into the Something else we're excited about. Something else you're working on. "Cinderella." You put a whole new twist on the fairy godmother. Tell us about that. The fairy godmother. A/k/a the fab G. You know, they called me and asked me to be a part of this project and, you know, what is interesting is that it's so full circle for me because when I was younger one of my biggest dreams was to be the male Whitney Houston. Ah. So I'm playing the Whitney Houston part, y'all. You know, and, you know, magic has no gender and I think, you know, with this -- with this particular "Cinderella" it pushes the old fairy tale. It expands the narrative. It expands what Cinderella as a human being can be, what the, you know, the family can be, like it's just -- it's a new, fresh, modern take that I think everybody is going to be really excited about and I'm excited. Camila Cabello is extraordinary. So -- So you wanted to be Whitney Houston. What would you ask your fab G for now? World peace. Thank you. Thank you. I want some peace. I want the world to be at peace. I want the world to be at peace. It's hard, y'all. It's hard every day but, you know. That's what I'm trying to work on through my art. Through your art. Those of us who have known you, Billy, you have put in the work. Yeah. You have been there, and to know -- Yes. To now get the recognition you have in recent years, what does it mean to you and your loved ones? I feel as though it is proof positive that when you speak life into yourself, when you speak life, speak life into yourself, there is no time limit on your dreams. And I am just so grateful to stand in the space where I can be a reflection of that. To so many people who need to see what it looks like to be on the other side of that kind of That was powerful. You gave me chills when you said no time limit on your that is so true. People need to hear that. I'm 51 years old and I'm about to drop some new music with a new record deal, you know, like mainstream pop like y'all ain't ready for it on this morning show and I'm going to sing my pop song that's going to be number one on the radio. You know, like it's -- it's fascinating to me because, you know, it comes from the inside out, the power, your power comes from the inside, you know, so often we wait for outside energies and forces to validate us. And encourage yourself. Uh-huh. Inspire yourself. Yeah. Start there and the rest will follow. Let the light inside of you shine brighter than the light that shines on you and that is something -- Absolutly. Yes, well, you are going to be here in the studio and sing that pop song for us. That is -- we're booking you right now. Yes. That's a done deal. Billy porter -- Y'all do that concert series. That's right. Billy knows how to lobby. I love it. Don't sit back. Go and enjoy that fab house of yours and the lawn care and all that. You be well, Billy. You can catch -- you can catch the first episode of "pose"'s final season this Sunday at 10:00 P.M. On FX. Coming up actor Leslie

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