Janet Jackson is used to being in front of the camera, but now she’s taking on a behind-the-scenes role. The pop icon has signed on to executive produce the transgender documentary TRUTH.
Fresh off her “Number Ones” world tour and New York Times best seller True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself, Janet will begin production on TRUTH this summer. The film, directed by Robert Jason, examines the lives, issues, and experiences of transgender people and their struggle for equality.
Janet, who has been a friend to the LGBT community, will have an extensive role in the production, as well as conducting some of the on-camera interviews.
“All people are very important to me,” said Janet. “I’ve been fortunate to make friends and learn about very different lives. TRUTH is our small chance to ask that you try and understand someone who lives their life in a way that is a little bit different from yours, even though all of our hearts are the same. We want to stop the hate and find understanding.”
Janet previously executive produced the DVD Janet Jackson: The Rhythm Nation Compilation and is currently producing an untitled project for Lionsgate.