When you’re an actor who is also a part of a marginalized group, it’s not always possible to leave set and continue on with your life without being affected by your show’s storylines.

During Variety’s Virtual TV Fest: The Nominees (Drama Series), Aunjanue Ellis noted that the elements of racism depicted within “Lovecraft Country” were pieces that “go home with” the Black actors on the show, herself included.

“It’s a different consideration when you’re a Black American in this country,” she explained.

When you’re a showrunner using fiction to reflect issues of the world, it’s equally hard not to draw parallels — even when your show is set in a very different time period than present-day.

“The narrative that we told, especially in the final season, was about the relationship between the LGBTQ community and our government. Having access — or lack of access to medical care and medical resources,” said “Pose” co-creator and showrunner Steven Canals. “They were all conversations that felt all the more timely, urgent and important in the midst of the global pandemic.”

Alongside Ellis and Canals during the discussion were Emmy nominees Tobias Menzies from “The Crown,” Eric Kripke from “The Boys,” Ann Dowd from “The Handmaid’s Tale” and Chris Sullivan from “This Is Us.” Although the group represented a wide berth of diverse content, one thing they had in common was that their shows all deal in important sociological and political themes.

The most obvious one is “The Crown,” which centers on the British royal family. (The Emmy-nominated fourth season has moved into the 1980s). Menzies admitted he learned more about the royal family after playing Prince Philip for two seasons, but his personal politics have not been swayed by the show. “I do wonder how grown up it is to have a hereditary monarchy, but I think all that aside, they do a great job,” he noted.

“This Is Us” tackled everything from the Black Lives Matter movement to the COVID-19 pandemic in its penultimate season. Sullivan was most greatly involved in the latter, often in scenes wearing a mask or going on virtual job interviews.

“I had the honor of working with Michael Flynn, whose character’s wife was in the hospital with COVID,” Sullivan said, calling this one of his favorite parts of the season. “He reflected back to the audience something that they needed to see and feel in that moment.”

Watch the full discussion above.