×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Listen: Judith Light on ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace,’ ‘Transparent’s’ Future

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In this week’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with Judith Light, who is nominated for an Emmy for FX’s “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

Listen to this week’s podcast for free below and at Apple Podcasts:

“It’s a profound honor to me,” says Light of her nomination for her role as Marilyn Miglin, the wife of one of serial killer Andrew Cunanan’s victims. She says it’s “a real testament” to the creators. “Our world, our work, is a team sport. And the team that was brought together for this, it’s a magnificent arena to do this work.”

Light says Tom Rob Smith’s script provided her with a “road map” to the character, pointing to moments like when Marilyn taps her nails on the counter, waiting for her husband to be found. “There was something about this story about this woman, in the middle of all these men, a woman who’s strong, who’s incredibly successful and also very controlled, very contained, and very withheld,” says Light. “People were holding their breath to see when she might crack.”

Light learned of the other murders when she read Maureen Orth’s book, “Vulgar Favors.” “There was still a tremendous amount of vitriol, dismissiveness towards the gay community,” says Light, a longtime LGBTQ advocate, praising Murphy for using the crimes to shine a light on the homophobia that was so rampant at the time. “That’s why people are so compelled by the work.”

She opted not to meet Miglin, saying she wanted to avoid anything that approached caricature. “I don’t think it serves either the human being that you’re portraying, or the piece that you’re doing,” she says.

Roles for women have only gotten better, she says. “We are standing up and saying our lives are interesting, and they matter,” she says. “And there are people out there that want to see those stories. So let us have the stories.” And she praises the wave of women like Reese Witherspoon who are creating their own projects. “I see what’s happening, and I’m very excited about it,” adds Light, who’s working on some projects of her own with her husband. She wants to use her art to change the conversation about important issues. “If you’re an artist and you’re not talking about the times and the culture, I think Nina SImone said, ‘What are you doing?'” she says.

Light didn’t want to comment much on her Amazon series “Transparent,” which will be returning for its final season without star Jeffrey Tambor, following multiple misconduct allegations against the actor. “I don’t know,” she says. “It’s really hard for me.”

 

Judith Light photographed exclusively for the Variety Remote Controlled Podcast
Dan Doperalski for Variety

New episodes of “Remote Controlled” are available every Friday. Subscribe on iTunesStitcherSoundcloud, or anywhere you download podcasts. You can find past episodes here and on Apple Podcasts.

Let us know what you think of Variety‘s podcasts! You can email us at podcasts@variety.com to offer comments, suggestions, and ideas for interview subjects you’d like to hear from.

More TV

  • Pete Davidson photographed by Peggy Sirota

    Pete Davidson Posts Unsettling Message, Deletes Instagram

    “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson posted a disturbing message Saturday morning stating he doesn’t “want to be on this earth anymore,” then deleted his Instagram account. In the post, Davidson wrote, “I’m doing my best to stay here for you but i actually don’t know how much longer i can last. all i’ve [...]

  • Disney Channel Fires 'Andi Mack' Actor

    Disney Channel Fires 'Andi Mack' Actor Arrested for Plotting Sex With Minor

    Disney Channel has severed ties with “Andi Mack” actor Stoney Westmoreland following his arrest for allegedly trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 13-year-old. “Stoney Westmoreland, an actor working on the series ‘Andi Mack,’ was arrested in Salt Lake City today,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in a statement Friday. “Given the nature of [...]

  • Russian Doll

    TV News Roundup: Natasha Lyonne's 'Russian Doll' Sets Netflix Premiere Date

    On Friday’s roundup, Netflix announces the premiere date for “Russian Doll” and Benedict Cumberbatch’s “Brexit” film has a premiere date on HBO FIRST LOOKS Showtime has released a new teaser for the upcoming comedy series, “Black Monday,” which will premiere Sunday, Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series stars and is executive produced by Don [...]

  • Vanity Fair Review

    TV Review: 'Vanity Fair'

    There’s something comforting about the predictability of a period piece novel adaptation in the Masterpiece Theater tradition. Knowing the story, or even just the rhythms of the genre, there are rarely many surprises. The women will toss off witticisms and cry careful, pretty tears; the men will steel their jaws and declare their love, ideally [...]

  • FILE - In this April 5,

    CBS Claims Commitment to Ending Harassment. Its Actions Say Otherwise (Column)

    At this point, a new breaking sexual harassment case at CBS isn’t exactly a surprise. Over and over again, powerful CBS company men from producers to executives to the ex-CEO himself have made headlines for propagating decades of harassment and abuse, with dozens of witnesses affirming that the pattern was business as usual. But as [...]

  • Willow ShieldsVariety Portrait Studio, Beautycon Festival

    'Hunger Games' Alum Willow Shields Joins Netflix Drama Series 'Spinning Out'

    Willow Shields has been cast in a series regular role in “Spinning Out,” the upcoming ice skating drama series at Netflix. She joins a cast that also includes Kaya Scodelario, who was announced as the series lead on Thursday, taking over the role originally held by Emma Roberts. Shields will star as Serena, Kat Baker’s (Scodelario) [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content