Modern Family Hires First Transgender Child Actor
‘Modern Family’ is truly living up to its name. The hit ABC comedy series has cast 8-year-old Jackson Millarker, who is transgender, as Lily’s friend Tom on the show.
The actor debuted on the recent episode titled, “A Stereotypical Day” — parents Cameron “Cam” (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) permit their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) to have her transgender friend Tom over for a play-date. Both parents are filled with pride that they have done well in raising an accepting and open-minded child. But that pride quickly diminishes when Lily insults her friend, which they use as a teachable moment.
The show’s director, Ryan Case, shared a pic with Millarker on Instagram with the caption: “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.”
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