Monday the ABC network confirmed that the upcoming episode of Modern Family will feature the first openly transgender child actor on television! We are aware that transgender actors have made appearances on many television series to include, Orange is the New Black, Nashville and more but each role was an adult. The eight year old, Jackson Millarker is scheduled to play Lily’s transgender friend, Tom, on Wednesday night’s sitcom titled, “A Stereotypical Day”. The director of the episode, Ryan Case, went to Instagram on Monday to post a picture with the young actor and was thrilled about working with him, the post read:
“This is Jackson Millarker. He’s 8 years old, from Atlanta, and just happens to be transgender. He plays Lily’s friend Tom in this week’s Modern Family and he’s wonderful. One of the many reasons I love being a part of this show.”
In the new episode, Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) think they overhear their daughter insult her pal during a playdate at their house, which makes them worried their little girl isn’t as accepting as they assumed. Millarker’s appearance comes from the stir of “Transparent” star Jeffrey Tambor who challenged Hollywood to start casting more transgender actors.
The actor stated in his speech, “To you people out there, you producers and you network owners and you agents and you creative sparks, please give transgender talent a chance,” Tambor said when he won an Emmy award for his role on the Amazon Studios hit. “Give them auditions. Give them their story. Do that.”
Be sure to check out this week’s episode, “A Stereotypical Day” which airs on Wednesday at 9/8c on ABC.