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“We were a bona fide hit with the public, with the fans, but we were not critics’ darlings by any means,” Judith Light recalls of Who’s the Boss, the gender role-reversing ABC sitcom that she starred in with Tony Danza and made her a household name in the 1980s. Light is now back on the tips of everyone’s tongues with her vivid and hilarious portrayal of Shelly Pfefferman, the woman whose ex-husband comes out as transgender on Amazon’s Transparent.
Light joins this episode of Girls on Transparent from Los Angeles — where she’ll be attending the Screen Actors Guild Awards, for which she’s nominated — to discuss her journey from playing Angela on Who’s the Boss (the “role model for being an independent woman”) to the LGBTQ activist she would become during the height of the AIDS epidemic to the recent miracle of Jill Soloway breathing new life into her career with the role of Shelly (“In my wildest dreams I could never have expected Transparent to come my way,” says the actress with apparent gratitude. “I’ve never had this kind of attention in my television career”).
Plus, in an otherwise “incredibly emotional” discussion of the profound overlapping themes in her work, Light manages to chime in for a touching rendition of the classic Who’s the Boss theme song, “Brand New Life.”
Brand new life, indeed.
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