THE LAST WORD... ‘“It’s uncomfortable to watch it back questions’ … it brings up very deep
WITH FELICITY HUFFMAN, CROSSWORD
THE igniting incidents in the first season of American Crime – drugs, murder, that sort of stuff – were only intellectual [themes] for most of us, hopefully. But the second season is a new story. (A student at an elite private school accuses members of the basketball team of sexually assaulting him.) It’s about things close to our hearts – community, education, family loyalty, socioeconomic diversity, sexual orientation … those things are more tangible. We understand and relate to them.
Filming some storylines, it wasn’t confronting. But it’s oddly uncomfortable to watch it back now … it brings up very deep political and social questions. I guess I think of my kids when it comes to the [sexual assault] theme. I have two girls. They’re 13 and 15, and unfortunately, in the US, sexual assault is something that’s with us a lot.
All these statistics of rape and sexual assault … I think about that and how I protect them from it. How do we do something about it? As is said in the show, so many people don’t go to the police.
I would say [my character] Leslie is a Type-A personality. She would succeed in any corporate setting, whether it was a Fortune 500 company or a private school, or a not-for-profit. Her purview is the school.
With most of the other characters, their purviews are their kids. But Leslie is there to take care of the school. It’s the job she’s been given. It means she doesn’t make popular decisions all the time.
But she needs to be political, in the best sense of the word – in the sense great politicians take many, many disparate points of views, goals and personalities, and coalesce them into an answer for the higher good.
It’s funny, I understand [some viewers don’t like her]. She’s doing exactly what she’s been hired to do. It’s interesting the takeaway is people don’t trust her.
Maybe it’s because we immediately believe a victim and so anyone who isn’t like, 28 David Carradine starred in this western ( Kung ––) 30 Hopefuls show their best moves in this ( SoYouThinkYou Can –––––) 31 Anarchic comedy ( TheYoung ––––) 32 TV personality who hosted his own show (–––– McManus) 35 Friend of the Bananas in Pyjamas (––– in a Hat) ‘Oh my God, let me take care of you’, you wonder if that person has a hidden agenda.
She’s not driven by emotion, though. I think she has a job … to look out for the whole. That makes her unpopular.
The anthology model of television is an actor’s paradise. You get a whole new character, you get to change yourself … and you get to go back and work with people you know are great.
I think we’re in a golden era. There are wonderful directors, writers and actors involved in TV. It used to be seen as a step down … but I think the best work is being done on TV.”