I felt an immense responsibility to play it authentically and get it right.
It’s palpable and so important because there is no blueprint for a cis hetero man who has feelings for a trans woman.
There’s this huge stigma that they have to take on and overcome if they’re going to have any kind of relations publicly.
It’s unchartered territory for a cisgender man to really admire and showcase his attraction for a trans woman onscreen.
In the road trip scene with Josh, you can feel the romance.
A two-episode arc turned into a larger presence for season two as she helped Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) navigate her new identity as a 70-something trans woman.
(Shea memorably coached her on how to say "yas queen.") But it's season three when Shea, like the rest of the Pfeffermans, truly comes out of her shell.
What Soloway explores with Shea and Josh is a cis hetero man falling for a trans woman.
The romance, as Lysette says, is "palpable," but most of all it's a real "boy meets girl" love story while it lasts — something rarely shown on TV.
Trace took to her Instagram to share a selfie from inside the show sitting next to Laverne and 2 Chainz.
“Up in these #Grammys @hairweavekiller @lavernecox,” Trace captioned the image.
"It's a no-win situation." Not long after, the pair live out Shea's words when their budding romance comes to a screeching halt.