“We could plant the seed early in terms of how this character might react to things and put a lid on other things,” Timothy Hutton reflects about sharing his role with co-star Henry Thomas in “The Haunting of Hill House.” Thomas plays patriarch Hugh Crain in flashbacks; Hutton plays him when he is a widower 25 years later. “Henry and I had an interesting time along with [showrunner] Mike Flanagan mapping out who this character was and where he might be in the earlier part of his life when the children were younger and where the character might be as he’s older and how to come up with behavior characteristics to define who he is in this piece as a whole.”
In his exclusive interview with Gold Derby (watch the video above), Hutton also offers his interpretation of the more ambiguous parts of the first season of the horror anthology that Netflix released in October. He breaks down what Hugh found in Hill House’s “Red Room,” whether Hugh was haunted by the actual ghost of his wife and what Hugh did between the two time periods depicted in the show: “What he was up to was probably just a lot of thinking, a lot of guilt, a lot of running over what happened with the different events in the house, a lot of remorse, a lot of sadness about missing his kids, in addition to — just as strongly — his wife.”
An Oscar winner for 1980’s “Ordinary People” and Emmy nominee for 2015’s “American Crime,” Hutton contends at the Emmys this year for “Haunting” in the Best Movie/Limited Supporting Actor category. He is also eligible for Emmy consideration in Best Drama Supporting Actor this year for both “Jack Ryan” on Amazon and “How to Get Away with Murder” on ABC. Hutton reveals that he will not be reprising his role as CIA Deputy Director Nathan Singer when “Jack Ryan” returns this summer because its second season filmed simultaneously with “The Haunting of Hill House.” He explains, “That’s just something that couldn’t work out” and adds that “the character really wasn’t a character that needed to continue, story-wise.” As for whether he will continue his part as the villainous Emmett Crawford from the fifth season of “How to Get Away with Murder,” Hutton teases, “I’ve been asked to not speculate because there are some interesting surprises ahead.”
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