This week's "Modern Family" episode is about how Cam (Eric Stonestreet, center) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) react when their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) has a transgender pal over for a playdate. (Courtesy ABC)

‘Modern Family’ episode to star 8-year-old transgender actor

It appears as though someone was listening to Jeffrey Tambor’s Emmy acceptance speech.

Scoop wonders if the actor, who accepted his award for playing a transgender character on “Transparent” by saying “I would not be unhappy if I were the last cisgender male to play a female transgender on television,” knew about Wednesday’s episode of “Modern Family.”

The sitcom is beginning its eighth season with a first: a story featuring an openly transgender child actor, 8-year-old Jackson Millarker, playing a trans character, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Titled “A Stereotypical Day,” the episode recounts the way the seemingly nonjudgmental gay couple Cam (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) react when their daughter Lily (Aubrey Anderson-Emmons) has a transgender pal over for a playdate.

The news comes as Laverne Cox will make history later this year playing the first full-time transgender character on broadcast television in CBS’ “Doubt.” Nashville also will introduce a recurring transgender actress, Jen Richards of “I Am Cait” fame, when it begins its fifth season in January.

Meanwhile, transgender teen and activist Jazz Jennings is holding her own on TLC’s reality show “I Am Jazz.”

CHARLIZE LOOKS LARGER

A full-figured Charlize Theron is on the Vancouver set of the new movie “Tully,” a film about motherhood that reunites her with “Young Adult” director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody.

The big question is: Is she wearing a fat suit, or did she actually put on the weight?

Some may remember that she won an best actress Oscar for her role in 2003’s “Monster,” for which she gained 30 pounds to play serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

QUICK TAKES

Gladys Knight told her son Shanga Hankerson to take her name off his Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles outlets in Georgia after he was accused of stealing from the business, but he has countered in court, saying she doesn’t have the “mental capacity’ to rescind their licensing deal. … The late great Arnold Palmer shared with Entertainment Weekly the classic recipe for the drink with his name: a mix of about 75 percent of his wife Winnie’s home-brewed iced tea and 25 percent lemonade. … Angela Jolie is slated to become a visiting professor at the London School of Economics, where she’ll teach a graduate level course for students seeking a degree in Women, Peace and Security.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer Avril Lavigne is 32. … Actress Anna Camp is 34. … Rapper Lil’ Wayne is 34. … Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is 44. … Singer-guitarist Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind is 52. … Comedian Marc Maron is 53. Singer-actor Shaun Cassidy is 58. … Singer-actor Meat Loaf is 69. … Singer-guitarist Randy Bachman is 73. … Actor Wilford Brimley is 82.


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