‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ red carpet interviews: Performers Susan Sarandon, Kiernan Shipka and Dominic Burgess

FX’s latest anthology series “Feud: Bette and Joan” got the red carpet treatment Wednesday for the world premiere at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood and Gold Derby was there. We interviewed talent both on and off-screen, including performers Susan Sarandon (who portrays Bette Davis to Jessica Lange‘s rival Joan Crawford), Kiernan Shipka and Dominic Burgess. Watch our exclusive red carpet chats with Sarandon (above), Shipka and Burgess (below).

When we ask Sarandon how she’ll take down Lange to win the Emmy Award, she jokes, “Oh, I’ll just go for the knees! I’ll just hit her from behind.” Sarandon then adds, “The reason [Bette] cared so much about the Academy Award was because she knew that was a huge part and she probably wouldn’t get another part where she could get nominated, so that meant something to her for that reason.”

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Supporting actress Kiernan Shipka, who plays Davis’ daughter B. D. Hyman: “It was so fun. Honestly, it was a dream come true. That was a delight. We shot that over the course of a few day and it’s just so cool. I’m an improviser — I do Second City Hollywood right down the block — and so to be a little funny was a treat. It’s a rare opportunity to get to act badly.”

FX’s ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ strikes perfect balance between campy and heart-wrenching

Supporting actor Dominic Burgess, who plays Victor Buono: “[Buono] was such an interesting guy. He was a closeted actor and he laid the groundwork. I never knew that he was arrested for solicitation, so exploring this guy who was fighting the Hollywood system was so interesting to me. The parallels that still exist today with actors that might be closeted or are afraid to come out — I think it’s still an important story to tell.”

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