Pose: Ryan Murphy spills details about season 2 with Pattie LuPone


Madonna, Patti LuPone, the 80s, and the 90s–just some of the things we can look forward to in the second season of Pose.

Pose made history last year by having the largest LGBTQ cast ever on television, and it comes as no surprise that Ryan Murphy was the man behind it all. Last Saturday, Murphy along with some of the cast and crew attended a Paleyfest panel and gave us insight into what fans can expect in the second season. Perhaps the most exciting piece of news is surrounding the iconic guest star that will be gracing the Pose storyline this season–the incomparable Patti LuPone.

Mj Rodriguez and Billy Porter were over the moon excited when Murphy shared the LuPone news with them, and let’s just say they may not be able to contain their enthusiasm. There are no details regarding the role she will be playing according to Deadline, but we will get to see a lot of her during the second season.

Along with LuPone joining the cast as a guest star, Murphy revealed that there will be a time jump when the second season begins. We are fast forwarding into the 80s to the 90s time period, in fact, the first episode takes place the day Madonna’s “Vogue” was released. Pretty darn exciting, right? Along with Murphy, Rodriguez, and Porter, co-creator and producer Steven Canals, producer Our Lady J, writer, and director Janet Mock,  Dominique Jackson, and Indya Moore were all in attendance at Paleyfest, as reported by Deadline.


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Given the groundbreaking vibe of the series, the cast had a lot to say about how Pose changed their lives forever. Murphy recalls casting for the series and how they were trying to bring in anyone that wanted to audition.

"We spent six months casting the show. We made it open to everybody in the world – everyone who can audition could audition. Mj had auditioned several times. As soon as she read, that was it."

But before the series could even think about casting, they had a whole other obstacle to get over. It turns out that no one really wanted to take on this series because of its material, and it wasn’t until it got into the hands of Ryan Murphy that it became a reality. The cast couldn’t be more thankful for such an opportunity as they have all faced backlash throughout their lives for wanting to be who they are.

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Moore was asked to leave from establishments many times while Porter has been a victim of “homophobia, terror, and rejection”. In fact, Porter went on to say that Carnegie Mellon pushed for everyone to be as unique and authentic as they could, except for gay men–they asked them to change and be someone else.

The panel attendees acknowledge how much change and inclusivity Pose has brought forth into the world of television. It is telling stories others are too fearful to and it challenges the norm to tell the stories of a community that is often ignored and forgotten. We look forward to the second season and what Murphy and the rest of the creative team are going to bring. Filming is set to begin within the week with a premiere date sometime in June.

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