Did you miss our exclusive Google Hangout chats with eight of this year’s Emmy contenders for Best Drama Actress? We’ve listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with Viola Davis (“How to Get Away with Murder“), Ruth Wilson (“The Affair“), Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander“), Kerry Washington (“Scandal“), Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel“), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black“), Olivia Williams (“Manhattan“) and Joan Chen (“Marco Polo“).
How many of them do you think will earn Emmy nominations?
Viola Davis on being vulnerable in “How to Get Away with Murder”: “My taking off the wig is a seemingly very simple act, it really is. But not. Because for me, I have seen women on screen for so many years and I don’t know who they are … I’ve never seen the mask come off.”
Ruth Wilson on playing multiple versions of the same character in “The Affair”: “That was partly why I was intrigued by the job. I got to play two different versions of this character – actually three different versions with the present day [interrogation scenes] as well … It was really interesting as an acting exercise, and quite hard work, but really satisfying.”
Kerry Washington on one of Olivia Pope’s biggest challenges: “All of the things that define Olivia Pope, the walk, the hair, the clothes, the Prada bags, the being in control, all of those elements were ripped from me and ripped from her.”
Tatiana Maslany on how “Orphan Black” defies labels: “I think the conceit is sci-fi, the setup is sci-fi, but what it allows us to do is then explore characters in a really kind of rounded way. I just don’t think it can be labeled. I think sci-fi has become a weird derogatory term even though it’s not but I don’t think it’s just that.”
Joan Chen on starring in “Marco Polo” and being an inspiration to other actors: “When I wanted to work in films in the United States, I wasn’t thinking about inspiring other young actors or leaving a legacy.”
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