June 18, 2018 at 2:29 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Judith Light draws parallels between gay rights movement and #MeToo

TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman and Judith Light (Screenshot via The Wrap)

Actress Judith Light compared the start of the gay rights movement with the newly sparked #MeToo movement in an interview with TheWrap Editor in-Chief Sharon Waxman.

“It goes back to the thing I was talking about the LGBTQ community,” the Emmy and Tony Award winner says. “Who will you be? Who is your authentic self? If you have secrets you need to tell them. You need to talk about them and that’s what’s happening and that is something that really thrills me.”

The actress also shared how her allyship with the LGBT community played a part in her interest in playing Shelly Pfefferman in “Transparent.”

“You always have to figure that there are a ton of people vying for any role,” Light says.

She explained that she used her audition time to speak on her LGBT advocacy instead of reading for a part.

“That was my audition, I didn’t read the script,” Light continued. “The community which I think is the most inspiring and extraordinary community was being shoved away, shoved in the closet. There was a level of homophobia that still runs deep in this country.”

Watch a clip from the interview below.

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