“Ultimately, it’s always relevant,” divulges Guy Pearce during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about the pertinence of his new show “When We Rise.” “It’s always a story that should be told. It’s always something we should be reminded of.” Created by Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (“Milk”), this ABC limited series recounts the gay rights movement in America, from 1972 through 2013. Pearce plays Cleve Jones, one of the leading activists in the movement, who served as a consultant on the show.
The actor believes these stories of liberation need to be told over and over again, “just because of the sheer fact that younger generations are perhaps unaware, and people become complacent.” He relates the relevancy of the show not just to current events stateside, but to his native Australia as well. “Same sex marriage is not legal in Australia yet,” he explains, “which I just find astounding and I’m hugely embarrassed about.” Stories like “When We Rise,” therefore, “makes people focus,” on these issues. Other stars included Mary-Louise Parker, Rachel Griffiths, Michael Kenneth Williams, Emily Skeggs, Jonathan Majors, and Austin P. McKenzie.
Pearce won an Emmy as Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actor for “Mildred Pierce” (2011), for which he also received a Golden Globe bid and a SAG nom. Most of his career has been focused on films, including “L.A. Confidential,” “Memento,” “The Count of Monte Cristo,” “The Time Machine,” “The Hurt Locker,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Prometheus.”
Will he win Emmy #2 this year? Check out our full interview above for more about his work on “When We Rise.”
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