“The socially-distanced, 200-foot carpet included clear plastic barriers between photographers. Reporters conducting interviews were spaced about 6-feet-apart.”
According to Variety: Talent and reporters were kept four feet apart. The carpet itself was light blue and flecked with sparkles. Walking the carpet were “Pose” stars Mj Rodriguez, Billy Porter, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar, Dyllón Burnside, Angel Bismark Curiel, Sandra Bernhard, Jason Rodriguez and Angelica Ross. Series co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals were also in attendance as were Season 3 guest stars Jeremy McClain, and Noma Dumezweni.
There were some surprising moments during the remarks from cast and producers before the screening. Janet Mock, Pose executive producer, writer and director, took to the stage with eyebrow-raising remarks about the show and her personal and professional relationships with cast members and producers that made for squirmy moments for the guests of honor. For one, Mock complained about her compensation for her work on the series.
“I want to get paid more,” she said. “Why am I making $40,000 an episode, huh? Do you know who the fuck I am?”
Mock further complained about the quality of “Pose’s” first two episodes which she noted were written by men. She engaged in bit of call and response with Murphy, saying that they had to “bring the girls in to help.” When she asked Murphy who brought the “girls in,” Murphy said, “I did.”
Mock told NPR in April of 2019: [she] remembers when she saw the documentary Paris is Burning for the first time. She was in 10th grade, living in Hawaii, and had already socially transitioned her gender identity. She was about to embark on her medical transition. “My friend had a VHS that she got from another friend,” Mock says. “It was kind of like this little magic ticket that was passed down to a bunch of us.”
Jennie Livingston’s 1990 film focuses on the gay and transgender drag performers in the underground ball culture in New York City. “It was one of the first times that I got to see people who looked like me, and who represented me and my community, be the centerpiece of a narrative,” Mock says. “I felt so seen for one of the very first times in my life.”
That same ball culture she saw in Paris is Burning would come up again in her career, decades later. After launching a career in journalism, writing two memoirs and becoming a trans activist, Mock made history as the first trans woman of color to write and direct an episode of TV when she joined the production of Ryan Murphy’s series Pose.
POSE season 3 premieres May 2 on FX.