FX’s Pose Casts TV Legends as Pray Tell’s Family


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The final season of FX’s pose seems to prepare us for several heartbreaking goodbyes, and in the latest episode we learn that Pray Tell (Billy Porter) may die of AIDS-related lymphoma. After being told he has six months to live on “a white man in a lab coat with cheap shoes”, Pray decides it is time to tell those he cares about that he loves them and forgive those who wronged him in the past. This brings him back to Pennsylvania for the first time in 20 years to reconnect with his family, and of course pose delivered when it came to casting AmenAnna Maria Horsford as his mother and The Prince of Bel-AirJanet Hubert and 227/.Sister sisteris Jackée Harry as his aunts.

“When @janetmock & I talked about Pray Tell’s mom and aunts, we knew we needed actors who are instantly recognizable and whose work is timeless,” tweeted showrunner Steven Canals during the episode’s premiere on May 16! You’re welcome world. “Harry was a fan of the show from the start and tweeted her excitement for the episode. He said,” Words can’t describe how excited I am to have been included in the final season of #PoseFX. To be a huge fan since day 1 through to appear on screen with this groundbreaking cast is truly a dream come true! Thanks to @janetmock & @StevenCanals for bringing me into your world. Horsford also announced that it was “an honor to be part of this powerful episode of Faith, Truth and Acceptance.”

Not only has their work been viewed as timeless and impactful by Canals, but Horsford, Hubert, and Harry’s work still matters to Porter. “He said, ‘They all had a part of my life. They all had a part of my world, they were all part of my world and went through everything I went through. They all had a place in my life,'” Hubert said the New York Post. “And we were so touched … We were in a Zoom reading and we were crying because he said so sincerely, ‘You all have a place for me’ at a time when he needed something.”



Robert Dunfee