Richard Cabral dishes first Emmy nomination and return of ‘American Crime’ [Exclusive Video]

At Thursday’s cocktail reception celebrating diversity hosted by the TV academy, we chatted with Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor Emmy nominee Richard Cabral (“American Crime“) about being a rookie on the red carpet. As he admitted to Gold Derby, “this is the first time I’ve been at an Emmy event, so it’s real!” Watch our revealing interview below.

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In this acclaimed limited series created by Oscar-winning writer John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”), he plays Hector Tontz, a young man fighting to rise above his troubled life of crime and incarceration. “Amercian Crime” landed an impressive 10 Emmy nominations, including one for this talented newcomer. 

Cabral says he is looking forward to the show’s second season, where we’ll see him in a completely different light, as much of the same ensemble of actors will play different characters in a whole new storyline. As for who he will play, all he will say is, “Hair might be changing, just everything might be changing.” So is he sad to not to be reprising his Emmy-nominated role? “No. I’m definitely excited. I mean, it’s John Ridley. We made magic happen the first year, we’re gonna make it happen the second year.”

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Photo: Janiece Sarduy, left, and Richard Cabral. Credit: Rob Latour/Variety/REX

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