In what Hollywood hopes is a sign that live events are finally on the rebound, FX and 20th Television launched the third and final season of “Pose” with a red carpet premiere Thursday night in New York.
The event was held indoors at Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center. The socially-distanced, 200-foot carpet included clear plastic barriers between photographers. Reporters conducting interviews were spaced about six feet apart. During interviews, talent and reporters were kept four feet apart. The carpet itself was light blue and flecked with sparkles.
Walking the carpet were “Pose” stars Mj Rodriguez, Billy Porter, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar, Dyllón Burnside, Angel Bismark Curiel, Sandra Bernhard, Jason Rodriguez and Angelica Ross. Series co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals were also in attendance as were Season 3 guest stars Jeremy Pope, Jeremy McClain and Noma Dumezweni.
The significance of “Pose,” set in the world of ballroom competitions in the 1980s, as a groundbreaking period drama that opened so many doors for trans actors, creative talent and crew was top of mind for the stars as they gingerly stepped back into step-and-repeat mode.
“The legacy of ‘Pose’ simply is exuberant lives finally getting their chance and stapling it in the industry and in the realm of acting an making sure there’s more space open,” Rodriguez told Variety. “I never thought in a million years a girl like me from Newark, N.J. who had it hard, who didn’t get her chance out there to finally get it and to solidify it with a great season. That’s what it means.”
The screening was limited to 100 guests inside the theater (at 10% capacity). The red carpet was done without masks. Participants were required to have a COVID test in the days leading up to the premiere and a temperature check upon arrival at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Talent and reporters were kept four feet apart during interviews.
Season 3 of “Pose” premieres May 2 on FX.
(Pictured: Mj Rodriguez)