MJ Rodriguez – star of POSE – earned a place in television history with Emmy Award nomination

Written by | The Lens

Pose star Michaela Jae “MJ” Rodriguez has earned her first Emmy Award nomination, making history as the first transgender actor to earn a nomination in a leading role – Best Leading Actress in a Drama Series.

MJ Rodriguez earned a place in our hearts and in television history with her portrayal of Blanca Rodriguez-Evangelista in FX’s Pose, featuring the largest cast of transgender actresses in a scripted show ever. The show’s series finale season packed an emotional punch and went out with a bang, a vibrant celebration of the characters, the laughs, the tears, and the ballrooms that have become part of our LGBTQ storytelling on mainstream television.

Pose creator Steven Canals tweeted: “Holy s**t!!! @MjRodriguez7 just made HISTORY as the first Trans actress to ever be nominated for Best Actress in a Drama Series.”

Watch the Emmys on Sunday, September 19th on CBS.

Last modified: July 13, 2021