Emmy-nominated Melora Hardin (Transparent) has booked a lead role in Freeform pilot Issues, from Universal Television and The District.

Created by Sarah Watson (Parenthood), Issues was inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. It follows three young career women, who have set out to conquer New York City together. All three work at Scarlet magazine, and they try to balance their ambition and their drive with the realities of life, and to find love.

Hardin will play Jacqueline, the quietly tough and confident Editor in Chief of Scarlet Magazine who can intimidate without saying a word, but she also has a strong nurturing side, and encourages Jane to find her voice as a writer. She joins previously cast Sam Page.

The Office alumna Hardin recently received her first Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Tammy Cashman on Amazon’s Transparent. Hardin is repped by Paul Kohner Agency, Framework Entertainment and Myman Greenspan Fine Fox Rosenberg & Light LLP.