Melora Hardin opens up about her award-winning show, raising kids in the biz and why motherhood is still her most important role.

By Crystal Wood

Her latest TV series, Transparent, may be breaking new ground in parent-child relationships, but actress Melora Hardin says there are some things about parenting that never change. “My mom gave me great advice,” Hardin says. “She said that kids will always ask you exactly what they’re ready to know.”

Hardin plays Tammy Cashman on the Amazon Studios hit series about a father of three grown children who decides to transition into a woman. As the mother of two girls — Rory, 13, and Piper, 10 — Hardin is also undergoing a major change: Raising young children into teenagers.

“You know, I’m not sure I’m getting the full hit of the teenage angst quite yet,” she says of daughter Rory. “There is eye-rolling and some of that, but she still has that sweetness, and she kind of still loves and adores me. I’m not sure how long that’ll last!”

Eye rolls and all, it’s a transition that Hardin is taking in stride, and as the 47-year-old actress revealed in her recent interview with INBETWEEN , her real-life and television worlds often fuel each other.

On Transparent, the character of Tammy provides a means for her girlfriend, Sarah Pfefferman (Amy Landecker), to discover new things about herself and her identity. In real life, Hardin plays a supportive role at home to her two girls, helping them navigate the tricky adolescent years.

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