“I wish I had one perfectly encapsulating statement to make. What blew me away was how much I didn’t know,” says Matt Bomer about “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.” The second season of the true-crime anthology series, following the nine-time Emmy winning “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” premieres on FX on January 17, 2018. It’s the latest collaboration between Bomer and producer Ryan Murphy following his guest roles in “Glee” and “The New Normal” and starring roles in “The Normal Heart” and “American Horror Story: Hotel.” But this time Bomer isn’t appearing in front of the camera. He’ll be making his directorial debut. We discussed “Versace” with Bomer this fall during our interview about his acclaimed independent film “Walking Out.” Watch above.
“I was a kid living in suburban/rural Texas at the time and was pretty sheltered, and all I knew was this incredible genius had been killed by someone,” Bomer explains about how he remembered the 1997 murder of fashion designer Gianni Versace at the hands of serial killer Andrew Cunanan. “This dives so deep into [the story]. I think a lot of the question is what made these two people who they were and how did they intersect and why … It answers so many questions I never knew about.”
Bomer got “Inceptioned” by the experience of directing. “It turned my world inside-out in terms of being an actor. You learn so much more about what goes on behind the scenes as a director and exactly what every single person is doing … I’m so looking forward to taking what I learned and applying it as an actor.” But if he directs again he would like to stay in the Ryan Murphy family. “He has been in many ways an architect of my career,” Bomer says. In addition, his next directorial effort would need to be “a story like this that I really feel that passionate about. Directing is a really all-consuming job.”