Prolific producer and director Ryan Murphy will be recognized at VH1’s Trailblazer Honors for highlighting queer stories in projects like The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, The Normal Heart, and his latest hit, Pose. He has also launched the Half Initiative, a program designed to create equal opportunities for women and minorities behind the camera.
In a new video from the ceremony, some of the biggest stars from Murphy’s projects, including Julia Roberts, Connie Britton, Angela Bassett and Kathy Bates, all explain how he has changed their lives forever, and how he is also helping expand acceptance by telling the stories of the LGBTQ community.
“Ryan recognizes where there is an unreasonable, irrational, unacceptable void,” Britton says in the new video.
Kathy Bates, who has starred on multiple seasons of American Horror Story, reveals how working with Murphy has “rejuvenated” her career in a way that she “never expected my third act to be.”
“These are the best years of my life, and that is in no small part due to Ryan Murphy,” she adds.
Watch the actresses honor him below, and tune into see Murphy’s acceptance speech when Trailblazer Honors airs at 9:30/8:30c on VH1.