Zoey Deutch and Jessica Lange on ‘The Politician’ and Ryan Murphy’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

     October 4, 2019

With The Politician now streaming on Netflix, I recently sat down with Zoey Deutch and Jessica Lange to discuss the new Ryan Murphy series. During the wide-ranging interview they talked about their first meeting’s with Murphy, how Ryan Murphy pushes diversity and inclusion both in front of and behind the camera, what they were excited to film before shooting began, and more.


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Created by Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brenner, The Politician is about a wealthy high school student (Tony Award-winning actor Ben Platt) from California with ambitions of becoming President of the United States. However, every dream has to start somewhere, and his starts with trying to become Student Body President. As he tries to make it happen, he’s forced to make a number of deals with a host of colorful characters. The series also stars Lucy Boynton, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Rahne Jones, Theo Germaine, David Corenswet, Bob Balaban and Benjamin Barrett.

Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by the official synopsis.

Zoey Deutch and Jessica Lange:

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    When can we get season 2?

  • What was it like meeting Ryan Murphy for the first time?
  • Murphy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion both in front of and behind the camera.
  • Did they have any scenes that they were super excited to film?

Here’s the official synopsis for The Politician:

Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be the President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School. To get elected Student Body President, secure a spot at Harvard, and stay on his singular path to success, Payton will have to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his own morality and carefully crafted image. Full of dark comedy and sly satire, Ryan Murphy’s The Politician offers a rare glimpse into just what it takes to make a politician.


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