By Evan DeSimone
Anjelica Huston is set to join the cast of Amazon’s “Transparent” for season 2, premiering in December.
The iconic actress, whose credits include an Oscar nominated roles in 1987’s “The Grifters” and 1989’s “Enemies, A Love Story,” as well as an Oscar win for 1990’s “Prizzi’s Honor,” will join the Jill Soloway-penned “Transparent” portraying a new addition to the Pfefferman family circle. Huston’s role has been described only as “a new friend” of Maura, the transwoman played by Jeffrey Tambor who is the heart of the show.
Huston is probably better known to millennial audiences for her role as Morticia Addams in the 1990s Addams Family film franchise or for or her her loopy-but-regal turns in Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tennenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic.” She’s also no stranger to episodic television, having most recently played a prominent role on NBC’s musical drama “Smash.”
Among Amazon’s growing roster of original series “Transparent” is an obvious standout. The series was the first to bring home award season gold for the streamer, first at the Golden Globes and, more recently, at the Emmy Awards. The confluence of awards and big name Hollywood stars like Huston, a third generation Oscar winner, flocking to projects on streaming networks lends and added nod of legitimacy to the emerging medium.