Watch: Emily Mortimer on ‘singing’ Aaron Sorkin’s words on ‘The Newsroom’

“At its best, I think it’s more like singing than it is acting,” revealed Emily Mortimer about Aaron Sorkin‘s scripts for the HBO drama series “The Newsroom.” “He is hugely influenced by musical theater as avid fans may have determined by looking at the show because there are all sorts of references. It’s true that the characters sort of sing at each other. It’s almost like he writes in verse.”

Mortimer portrays news producer MacKenzie McHale, the newly hired boss of the “News Night” program hosted by her ex-boyfriend Will McAvoy (Jeff Daniels). The show aired its first season last summer and is now in production for a second season that will launch next June. The program is executive produced by Sorkin, an Oscar winner for writing “The Social Network” and Emmy champ for producing and writing “The West Wing.”

In a video chat with Gold Derby, Mortimer described her character as, “full of conviction at all times and relentlessly sort of optimistic and extremely idealistic. All of those traits are wonderful things, but they can also be deeply irritating and also end in disaster. Being convinced that everything is going to be alright in the end can prepare you for greatness but also for terrible disappointment.”

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For the upcoming Golden Globes, the exclusive Gold Derby rankings have “The Newsroom” in fourth place for Best TV Drama Series while Mortimer is hovering in the sixth slot as Best TV Drama Actress. And for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, the cast is in sixth position for Best TV Drama Ensemble, while Mortimer is in 12th place for Best TV Drama Actress.

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