About Janet Mock
Janet Mock is a writer, director and executive producer for the FX drama series POSE and the Netflix limited series HOLLYWOOD and MONSTER. She’s also the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs, Redefining Realness (2014) and Surpassing Certainty (2017) about her journey as a trans woman.
In 2019, Mock signed a historic deal with Netflix, making her the first trans person to sign a production pact with a major studio. With her partnership with the streamer, Janet will create and produce her own television projects. That same year, she received Harvard University’s Artist of the Year Award and was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Women in Entertainment Power 100” and included on Vanity Fair’s “New Establishment” list. She has also been named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people. She has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times and Marie Claire, and has appeared on the covers of Entertainment Weekly, British VOGUE, Marie Claire and the Hollywood Reporter.
Janet Mock is the New York Times bestselling author of two memoirs, Redefining Realness (2014) and Surpassing Certainty (2017), a writer, director and executive producer of the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated drama series POSE, for which she made history as the first trans woman of color to write and direct for television with the landmark script, “Love Is the Message.”
A feminist activist tackling stigma through storytelling, Janet broke ground in 2014 with the release of her pioneering and profound memoir Redefining Realness which was the first biography written from the perspective of a young trans person. It debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2014 and Janet was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey for Super Soul Sunday. Her second book, Surpassing Certainty, a memoir about the years in her life when she was not public about being trans, was praised by Kirkus as a “defining chronicle of strength and spirit…brimming with liberated self-discovery.”
On January 21, 2017, Mock, who founded #GirlsLikeUs and #TransBookDrive, addressed millions on stage at the Women’s March on Washington, where she urged for an intersectional and inclusive movement that included all women: trans women, undocumented people, sex workers and disabled folk. “I stand here today, most of all, because I am my sister’s keeper…Our approach to freedom need not be identical, but it must be intersectional and inclusive.”
Janet began her media career at People.com (People magazine’s website), where she worked for five years climbing the ranks at Time Inc. from Staff Writer to Staff Editor upon her departure in 2012. She has since produced the HBO documentary The Trans List, where she conducted all interviews and worked with Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. She also created the interview podcast Never Before with Pineapple Street Media, which featured in-depth conversations with Tina Knowles-Lawson, Rep. Maxine Waters, and Tarell Alvin McCraney. She has also served as a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, a contributing editor for Marie Claire, and anchor for MSNBC, where she hosted the pop culture series, “So POPular!”
Janet’s story of growing up trans caught the nation’s attention in a 2011 Marie Claire article. Since then she’s become a media powerhouse. TIME named her to its 100 Most Influential People list, Variety named her one of its “Power of Women,” Ebony listed her on its Ebony 100, Fast Company named her one of the “most creative people in business” while the PEN Center USA honored her with an Award of Honor during the 2017 Literary Awards.
Janet has been interviewed on ELLEN, Wendy Williams, The Daily Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Desus & Mero, and Real Time with Bill Maher. She has appeared on the covers of British VOGUE, Marie Claire, Entertainment Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter, Who What Wear, Paper, OUT and C☆NDY magazines.
A native of Honolulu, Janet attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa, earned her MA in journalism from New York University, and serves on the board of the Arcus Foundation. She lives in New York and Los Angeles.
Due to self-care and personal boundaries, Janet cannot read and/or reply to all emails, requests for signal-boosts, or personal queries. She does not accept any unsolicited materials.