Transcript for Mj Rodriguez talks final season of hit FX series 'Pose'
third and final season of "Pose" on FX, the show. Revolutionary for trans people of color for the first time on mainstream TV. Just haired its first episode of the final season last night. They came out hot. One character who made her mark on day one, house mother Blanca is played by mj Rodriguez. She joins us live. Coming out hot. The category this season is hope. Your character is a beacon of that. We want to get right to it. We want everybody to see a clip right now. We're family. The ballroom is our home. For too long, we have been on the run, all of us. If you are always moving, if no one can catch you, nothing bad can happen to you, but all that running ain't going to do nothing but put more distance between you and what you are meant to do with your life. Mj, your character Blanca, strong mother figure from day one. So tell everybody her progression this season. Oh my god. I think -- first and foremost, I'm so glad to be back with you guys. Such a pleasure. I would say first and foremost, I think from first season to now, she has had growth as a mother and growth as a leader, and she's really making her point as how she's standing out and standing up for herself and just being true to her legacy. And listening to that speech that your character just made, it's interesting that your character is making that speech because you actually thought about quitting before you got this role. Tell us about that. I did. I did. I was literally at a crossroads in my career. I was 20 something years old, and I was literally down and out. I told my mother it was not going to happen, and I was going to give up. I was just going to go back to my regular 9:00 to 5:00 and "Pose" came along and my whole life changed. Everything turned around for the better, and I couldn't have asked for anything better. It's amazing that it came around. A lot of people were surprise it even got past the pilot. What do you think has been the secret to the success? I think the most -- I think the secret for me was the love that we shared, the camaraderie that we had onset with the cast members and the directors and the writers and our drive to make sure we told the stories as true and as authentic as we could. So many lgbtq plus people in front of the camera, behind the camera. You all are truly a family. Do you think this will open more doors for this community going forward in the industry? Yes. I definitely think it's going to open more doors down the line. I mean, with an amazing show like this where it's opened it up for so many trans women, especially trans women of color, I think we're setting the tone, especially being the firsts. For myself, I'm happy to be apart of this.pit's definitely changing the game for sure. You tried so hard, and talked about almost giving up before "Pose" came along. If you could go back to your younger self, what would you tell yourself? Oh, good question. I think I would probably tell my younger self that you are going to make it. You have nothing to worry about. Just make sure you keep leading the path of love, hope, joy, inspiration and just humility. And aside from "Pose," you did play Audrey in "Little shop of horrors." I did. Can you sing for us? Suddenly Yeah. That was worth it. I have never heard it pronounced like that before. Thank you, mj. Beautiful. Thank you, mj. Thank you, y'all. You can catch new episodes of "Pose" Sunday nights on F chrks.
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