When reflecting on the final season of “American Crime” during our recent interview (listen to the exclusive audio above), Felicity Huffman reveals that she hopes the show will lead to “awareness and understanding” for audiences. “Watching a story and feeling empathy to those characters,” she believes, “hopefully brings unity.” Created by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley (“12 Years a Slave”), the third season of this ABC anthology series turned an eye on the mistreatment of illegal immigrants and teenage sex workers. Huffman stars as Jeanette Hesby, a southern housewife compelled to leave her husband after witnessing horrific conditions for undocumented workers on his family farm.
“It’s nice to have a story about a simple housewife,” the actress divulges. “She doesn’t have a whole lot of autonomy or agency in the world, and I think she comes in and absorbs the energy rather than directs it.” After leaving her husband, Jeanette struggles to find work, ultimately moving in with her drug-addicted sister (Janel Moloney) and two nieces. “It was lovely playing someone who was lost, who only found her drive halfway through it, and I think ultimately her story is a heroic tragedy, that she forfeits her own desire to be in the world as herself in order to take care of children.”
Huffman received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress for “Transamerica” (2005), for which she won the Golden Globe. She took home an Emmy as Best Comedy Actress for “Desperate Housewives” in 2005, contending once again in 2007. She competed at the Emmys as Best Movie/Mini Actress for both seasons of “American Crime,” so will she win for the final outing? Check out our full interview above for more about her work, and click here to watch our extended video interview with the actress.
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