Caitlyn Jenner
Caitlyn Jenner will appear in the third season of Amazon television series Transparent Angela Weiss / Getty

Caitlyn Jenner has joined the cast of TV series Transparent, which inspired her when she was thinking about gender reassignment.

Creator and executive producer Jill Soloway revealed the news in an interview on Saturday 2 April at the GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards.

While she did not reveal any details about Jenner's character on the show, she did confirm that they will begin filming her scenes next week, ahead of the series' third season.

Soloway said she felt proud that the programme had had such a positive influence on Jenner and encouraged her "to be an American hero for the second time.

"I met Kim Kardashian and she told me (all the Kardashians) watched it and loved it. I know Bruce watched it," she said.

Transparent, which began in 2014, follows transgender character Maura Pfefferman (played by Arrested Development star Tambor) as she comes out as a woman to friends and family. In 2015 the show picked up a Golden Globe award for best television comedy, while Tambor won both Golden Globe and Emmy awards for best actor in a television comedy series.

Soloway, whose show won Outstanding Comedy Series at the awards, continued on to explain how easy it was to to get Jenner on board thanks to a lot of them knowing the same people when it comes to the television industry. "We are all part of the same community. A lot of the trans women who work on our show are also in her show, I Am Cait," she told the publication. "Lots of crossover. Lots of friends."

At the GLAAD media awards, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender advocacy group honours those in the media and entertainment industries for accurate portrayals of LGBT characters and issues. I Am Cait (the E! mini-series which chronicles the life of Jenner after her gender transition) also won an accolade on the night, in the outstanding reality programme category.

Since Jenner announced her transition in 2015, she has become one of the transgender community's most visible members. She recently offered to become America's "trans ambassador" if Republican presidency hopeful Ted Cruz wins, however, that declaration caused some negative-filling amongst some transgender advocates.

Co-chair of the Young Women's Advisory Council for the city of New York, Cherno Biko previously told the Guardian, "We simply cannot afford to have Caitlyn Jenner supporting people who hate us. Her being a Republican. Her not supporting marriage equality. Being negative about people needing income support. You can't do all of that and then claim to be an ambassador for a community that you can't represent."

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