Today, Her Story, an original web series from Jen Richards and Laura Zak, was nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series category.
The first of its kind, Her Story, joins the ranks of Childrens Hospital (Adult Swim), Fear the Walking Dead: Flight 462 (AMC), Hack Into Broad City (ComedyCentral.com) and UnREAL the Auditions (Lifetime), who are also nominated in the same category. Not only is this nomination a tremendous honor but the story line of the series is what sets it apart the most.
Her Story follows the lives of two trans women living in LA and enduring what some of us find the most frightening thing in this world. Love. Violet portrayed by co-creator Jen Richards finds herself being drawn to Allie, played by co-creator Laura Zak. Meanwhile, Paige (Angelica Ross) finds herself attracted to James (Christian Ochoa), the first man she's considered dating in quite some time. This series follows their lives and the risks they're faced with by following their hearts.
Directed by Sydney Freehand, with cinematography work from Bérénice Eveno and produced by Katherine Fisher/Speed Joy Productions, Her Story looks to break the negative stereotype that trans women in the media have grown to become. The series aims to show that they are like everyone else, they are relatable and like many of us are looking for love. Because in the words of Lin-Manuel Miranda, "And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love." The six-episode series showcases the unique, complicated and very human women we see in our LGBTQ communities and explores how these women navigate the intersections of label identity and love, which no mainstream television show or film has done before.
The series also stars:
Fawzia Mirza - Kat
Caroline Whitney Smith - Lisa
Kat Purgal - Kat
Elizabeth Francis - Bad Penny
Kristina Mitchell - Jenna
I hope that you all will do your part in showing support for this incredible series and wish them the best of luck at this year's 68th Annual Emmy Awards. Catch up on season one now!