Mahershala Ali said during Variety’s Actors on Actors series that he had to fight to play the lead character on Season 3 of HBO’s “True Detective.”
Ali also told show creator Nic Pizzolatto that with a black lead, the show would be able to explore the ways a black detective in 1980 Arkansas experienced racism.
“You’re asking someone questions, and [you’re] the lead detective. If [they’re] white, they might not look at me. When I ask them a question, they’re addressing [the white detective]'” Ali said. “Racism is not experienced as the n-word, all the time. It’s more like, ‘Yo, you wouldn’t even look me in the eye.’ Or I said thank you and he just brushed me off.”
Maggie Gyllenhaal has done enough sex scenes in her career to know when to say no, but for actresses who are just starting out, she says an intimacy expert might be the best solution. “I have done so many sex scenes in my life; I have learned how to protect myself. I’m good with it. [...]
During their conversation for Variety‘s Actors on Actors, Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Kindergarten Teacher”) talked about how they choose roles and how Hollywood has changed for women. Popular on Variety
“I had been told — Rob Marshall, who just directed [Emily Blunt] in ‘Mary Poppins,’ said, ‘When you work with her, you’ll see,'” John Krasinski said during his interview for Variety‘s “Actors on Actors,” of directing his wife in “A Quiet Place.” “And I said, I know, I’m her biggest fan…and he said, ‘Nope, not until [...]
Jennifer Aniston, who was honored on Friday at Variety‘s Power of Women luncheon presented by Lifetime, said she began to see herself in a different light and find her voice when she began working on “Friends.” “I started meeting all of these people who expressed to me how much the show meant to them — how […]
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Brie Larson was honored at Variety‘s Power of Women luncheon presented by Lifetime on Friday, and talked about her upcoming film “Just Mercy” and the Equal Justice Initiative. Larson portrays Eva Ansley, who co-founded the Equal Justice Initiative, in “Just Mercy,” and revealed what she learned from Ansley while making the film. “Where can you gain […]