The category is … the end.
Ryan Murphy’s “Pose” will begin closing its runway when the third and final season closes on FX at 10 pm on Sunday night. Since it premiered to acclaim in 2018, the series has shed a light on the underground ballroom scene of the 1980s and 90s. It has also served as a springboard for its grassroots artists, including rising transgender and nonbinary artists, some of whom were part of that movement in real life.
Sandra Bernhard, who was regularly cast in the series as nurse Judy Kuberk in season 2, both regretted the end of the unique show and praised its impact on the cast – and showcased the unseen-unseen culture.
“I’m sad that it’s over,” Bernhard, 65, told the Post. “I don’t think there will be another show like ‘Pose’. I don’t think anything will ever occupy the time, the way it was, and the talent and people to use it from that time, you know? And Then they give them a job!
“It’s just a blossoming time for everyone,” she said.
“Blossom” in front of the camera features 46-year-old Dominic Jackson – a real-life ballroom legend playing Electra Abundance Evangelista – and 30-year-old MJ Rodriguez, who portrays the house Blanca Evangelista and herself a ballroom vet Huh. She was 14. And it is safe to say that the cast members will be heartbroken as well as heartbreaking – the story this season.
The show made its mark in the ballroom, following the lives of New Yorkers at a time when HIV / AIDS was devastating the LGBTQ community, which was already a bitter, ongoing battle for equality and civil rights Was drowned in. Now, the packed seven-episode season – which began filming in March 2020 but was halted until last fall due to the coronovirus epidemic – will continue to grow that era as Blanca, now working with Bernhard’s nurse Judy A do-it-yourself nurse aide, and the ballroom I pray pray tell (Billy Porter) both navigate the challenges of living with HIV, while Elektra tackles new business ventures and Angel (India Moore) fiancée Lil Papi (Angel Bismarck Curiel ) Considers its future with.
Working on the show was also a game changer for Porter.
The 51-year-old Emmy-, Grammy- and Tony-winning Pennsylvania native said, “The idea that the younger, darker Church of Pittsburgh is now in a position of power in Hollywood. In a recent virtual press conference, this That he got “very emotional” while screening the early version of the series finale.
“You can definitely believe that I am earning that power and there will be a difference in how things go out of here,” Porter said.
Rodriguez weighed in on how the show’s impact reached beyond expectations – and inspired – in the LGBTQ community who identify themselves on-screen.
“Now I can sit here and say I’ve really strengthened my roots – there’s actually a leading lady next to a leading man [Porter] A great show. It is possible, it is attainable, and you can get it through all our stories right here, watching us now, ”she said. “And I hope that will be done through it.”
And Bernhard, who called the final season an “emotional roller coaster”, working with Rodriguez was a “highlight” of his time in all three seasons and made him feel like a “guru” – and even a Chitra, like a parent, probably not unlike a ballroom house mom.
“I have come very close to that. I really love her. He is a wonderful person. He is just so open, ”Bernhard shared with The Post. “I feel that the mother is overshadowed by Manjhi. I felt like I could give him support and love; It was meaningful for me. I hope it was meaningful for him. “
Bernhard – who will return to Joe’s Pub in December for another series of acclaimed holiday shows, also saw and applauded – for the first time since December 2019, how Rodriguez blossomed on his “pose” journey.
“He’s just smart and hip and hip and just an incredible talent. And so it’s fun to, like, absorb some of that energy,” he said. “It’s knowing that he’s really at the deep end – And she’s just swimming beautifully. “