TI­MOTHY HUT­TON

Albuquerque Journal - Parade - - Personality -

The Os­car win­ner for Or­di­nary Peo­ple and for­mer star of TV’s Lever­age re­turns tonight for sea­son three of the crit­i­cally ac­claimed ABC an­thol­ogy se­ries Amer­i­can Crime. Hut­ton, 56, plays Ni­cholas Coates, the owner of a North Carolina fur­ni­ture com­pany who is deal­ing with im­mi­gra­tion, hu­man traf­fick­ing and his own crum­bling mar­riage.

What are the is­sues for sea­son three? It’s about a group of peo­ple in this com­mu­nity in North Carolina that are go­ing through dif­fer­ent, com­plex cir­cum­stances in their lives. But there is one com­mon thread—the idea of do­mes­tic servi­tude and do­mes­tic abuse. How timely is this sea­son? I would say very, with what’s go­ing on in our coun­try right now. There are plenty of ex­am­ples of very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions for peo­ple who come into this coun­try look­ing for a job.

De­scribe your char­ac­ter. He is mar­ried to Clair [Lili Tay­lor]. They were run­ning the fur­ni­ture com­pany to­gether and she leaves [the busi­ness] to spend time with their son. She brings in a French-speaking nanny from Haiti. Their story starts the day the nanny ar­rives.

You won an Os­car at age 20 for Or­di­nary Peo­ple. How did that feel? I was so proud to be a part of that film and work with those peo­ple [Robert Red­ford, Mary Tyler Moore, Don­ald Suther­land and Judd Hirsch]. It was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Your dad was ac­tor Jim Hut­ton [TV’s Ellery Queen]. Did you grow up want­ing to act?

I cer­tainly was not al­ways go­ing to be an ac­tor. When I was a teenager, I loved to play bas­ket­ball and baseball. I was never good enough to have a ca­reer; that’s how I spent my days.

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