'Girls on Transparent' Podcast: Hari Nef Takes Entertainment World By Storm

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The actor/model and break-out star of the second season of the Amazon series elaborates on her "very scary and very daunting" meteoric rise.

From the "school night" email she got from Jill Soloway that changed her life, to the modeling contract that redefined the entire industry with the stroke of a proverbial pen, Hari Nef has quite a lot of history to unpack with us on this episode of Girls on Transparent. In the past year alone Nef became the first transgender woman to ever be signed to IMG and nearly stole the show from her Emmy-winning castmates on Transparent in the role of Gittel, the Pfefferman children's great-aunt whom we see in flashbacks being persecuted by Nazis for her trans identity.

The 22-year-old (that’s right — she’s only 22) joins us fresh off the plane from Milan fashion week, where she walked the runway for Gucci, to explain the "very scary and very daunting" confluence of events that has made her a giant point of inspiration and influence for this major moment the transgender movement is currently having in our culture. Plus, we get to quiz her over our biggest questions from those Berlin scenes — like, why do she and Michaela Watkins seem to be intentionally inconsistent with their German accents? (There is a good reason, though Nef admits she had to go back into the studio to re-record her "L'chaim," which didn’t have enough throaty Yiddish "chhhh" in it the first time around.)

On working with Soloway, Nef tells THR, "I will always be able to just point to that one person and be like, 'Thank you for everything. Thank you for starting my career. Thank you for giving me something that I was not entitled to."

Entitled, no. But ready, yes.

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