On an overcast Wednesday morning in late July, Janet Mock sat on location in a New York City highrise, pensively analyzing a major scene for Pose’s season two finale. Her conventional director’s chair — black and emblazoned with her name in pearly white — sat in a corner, abandoned for a far less commanding office chair at a long conference table. It was here that she was proverbially getting her hands in the weeds, vigilantly observing a monitor with the script supervisor, Claire Cowperthwaite. Mock gracefully swirls the retractable tip of a black pen towards the illuminated screen, around Indya Moore (one of the breakout stars of Pose who plays Angel Evangelista) and Trudie Styler (who plays modeling magnate Eileen Ford) — asking for a tighter camera shot on their faces.
“I remember my first day on the Pose set when we were shooting the pilot and we saw all of the House of Abundance together,” Mock says. “I was sitting at the monitors having that feeling — like I am that kid again, because I hadn’t seen it before.” That far-off dream of seeing a fuller version of herself has now become the budding television maven’s responsibility.