NPR recently interviewed actor Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Maura on the Amazon series Transparent.
From the article:
Transparent is about a transgender woman named Maura who for decades was known to her kids as Mort, or Dad. Actor Jeffrey Tambor plays Maura and has just won a second Emmy for his performance. “When those roles come along, you don’t run away,” he tells NPR’s Kelly McEvers. “It’s a perfect role, you know? I thought I was gonna do Lear, but I’m gonna do Maura.”
Tambor isn’t transgender, and when he accepted his latest Emmy, he told the crowd that more trans actors should be given a chance to play roles like his: “I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television,” he said.