“It’s always fun sitting on set watching everybody in costumes, because of course it’s the nearest thing to time travel,” notes “Saints and Strangers” actor Bryan F. O’Byrne in National Geographic Channel’s video featurette (watch above) about the costume designs on the limited series. “You just look around and you see these people and they all look so remarkably different and interesting.” Dish “Saints and Strangers” with Hollywood insiders in our notorious forums by clicking here.
The costume designers being submitted by Nat Geo at the Emmys are Kate Carin, Joanne Walter and Kerry-Anne Barnard. Of the three, Carin is a previous Emmy winner for her costuming work on “Gettysburg” (2011), so TV academy members are already aware of her attention to detail with regard to period pieces.
Co-star Raoul Trujillo, who earned a Critics’ Choice nomination earlier this year for playing Massasoit, dishes his character’s costume in the video above. “I did ask for some feather action because I thought we as a people need to be able to have not just leathers and furs and all of that. I asked for a little bit of tortoise because I figured that I would claim the tortoise as my spirit animal.”
At this year’s Emmy Awards, the costumes of “Saints and Strangers” are eligible in the relatively new category of Best Period/Fantasy Costumes that combine series, limited series and TV movies. “American Horror Story: Freak Show” won this Emmy race last year while the other nominees were “Boardwalk Empire,” “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones” and “Wolf Hall.”
“Saints and Strangers” aired on Nat Geo over the Thanksgiving holiday and tells the story of the Pilgrims crossing the Atlantic on the Mayflower and their subsequent struggles with the Native Americans during their first year in the new world. “Mad Men” star Vincent Kartheiser plays William Bradford, the leader of the settlers whose great faith in a divine plan helps inspire his people in their new home of Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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