Con­stance Zim­mer says that be­ing among the top con­tenders for an Emmy award, is like win­ning it

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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.


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