We’re living through a Golden Age of television. That’s been said many times over in the last decade or so, but it’s absolutely true. Beginning around the time of The Sopranos and The Wire, the small screen started becoming a haven for complex, character-driven storytelling as feature films grew bigger and bigger. Now, there’s too much good TV to sift through, and year after year we’re having to make choices about which critically acclaimed show we’re skipping because we don’t have the time and/or DVR space.
This year is no different, and in anticipation of the Emmys voting that’s ongoing, the folks at THR have been putting on roundtable discussions with potential contenders. Last week we shared the mighty fascinating Drama Actress contenders, and today’s we’ve got a 1-hour discussion amongst some of the Drama Actor contenders.
In the video below, Cuba Gooding Jr. (American Crime Story), Rami Malek (Mr. Robot), Wagner Moura (Narcos), Bobby Cannavale (Vinyl), Forest Whitaker (Roots), and Paul Giamatti (Billions) take part in a lengthy, wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from their individual processes to worst audition stories. Giamatti and Cannavale get candid about typecasting, Moura talks about how Narcos really found its footing in its second season, and Gooding Jr. discusses how playing O.J. Simpson deeply affected his mood and manner—it took him a long time to shake that character.
It’s an interesting talk with a diverse group of individuals, so sit back, relax, and enjoy.