TV is the go-to spot for Oscar bait actresses these days, and if USA’s upcoming Political Animals weren’t enticing enough with Sigourney Weaver starring as cutthroat Secretary of State Elaine Barrish, The Hollywood Reporter reported recently that acting legend Vanessa Redgrave will guest star on the series as a lesbian Supreme Court Justice, who just happens to be pals with Weaver’s Barrish.
A long-time LGBT ally Redgrave has tackled playing transgender, androgynous and lesbian in films throughout her career her storied career. She portrayed transgender tennis player Renee Richards in the made-for-TV movie Second Serve, the androgynous Miss Amelia in the film The Ballad of The Sad Café, based on the Carson McCullers’ novel, and lesbian in The Bostonians and in HBO's If These Walls Could Talk 2. She has also costarred in the gay-themed film Prick Up Your Ears and the television movie Two Mothers for Zachary.
Political Animals, produced by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers and Sisters), also stars Carla Gugino, Ellen Burstyn as Elaine Barrish’s mother, Dylan Baker, Ciaran Hinds, Roger Bart and Dan Futterman.
Redgrave most recently appeared on television on Nip/Tuck in 2009 and in the mini series Day of the Triffids, according to THR.
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