‘A NOMINATION ITSELF MEANS A LOT TO ME’
Constance Zimmer says that being among the top contenders for an Emmy award, is like winning it
American actor Constance Zimmer (above) who rose to fame with popular American series, Entourage, has garnered more fame with the drama series, Unreal. Playing the role of Quinn King, a scheming, demanding TV producer, Zimmer was even nominated in the Best Actress Category at the Emmy Awards last year. As the show, whose first and second season will air in India from July 17 onwards, gets ready to air its third season in 2018, we speak to Zimmer over the phone from Los Angeles. Excerpts:
How much do awards and nominations matter to you?
I know its a clichéd thing to say that getting nominated is almost like winning an award. But in my case it is true. We are a small show. To be nominated and be a part of small number of actors who were nominated meant a lot to me. Having said that, awards and nominations don’t define me. It’s not like that I don’t need them, but I am not much worried if I don’t get it.
The show has been postponed till 2018. Does it bother you that there will be a significant time gap between the second and the third season, which might have an effect on the shows viewership?
I can only hope that the show gets more popular, because this time it will be aired in summer. So we wish that it works in our favour.
Second season had a black suitor, and the third season will see a female suitor this time. Are you worried that the show might land up in a controversy because of that?
Having a female suitor will change the dynamics, and suddenly you will see men get objectified, and how they are “used” in the show business. I don’t want to scare people by saying that there’s a lot of feminism involved, but you will also see in the show, how manipulative the industry is, and how women really treat men.
Apart from being a series regular on the show, you have also acted in House of Cards, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Was it difficult to switch between the characters?
I am grateful to have played such strong female characters in shows which have had big impact in the world. There’s no secret, or different that I do to play each character. The only thing I do is to try and make the characters different from each other, so that they have an identity on their own.