Monday, September 26, 2022

NBCs ‘Bluff City Law’ Tackles Social Justices (EUR Exclusive!)

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‘Bluff City Law’ – Pilot Episode (l-r) Caitlin McGee as Sydney Strait, Jimmy Smits as Elijah Strait (Photo: Jake Giles Netter/NBC)

*#ChangeTheWorld

This September, NBC inspires viewers to change the world!

“Bluff City Law” follows civil rights attorneys Sydney Strait (Caitlin McGee) and Anthony Little (Michael Luwoye) as they battle controversial cases. EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas was with the actors talking about white privilege, Black Lives Matter and triggers at a press conference.

Q: How can you relate to your character?

CM: The first time I met with my publicist she’s like so what cases do you care about? I was like ‘OKAY! Get a pen! Let’s go! It was one of those moments…I feel very strongly in the same way Sydney Strait feels very strongly. I have to separate myself at times by watching reality TV so I don’t rip my hair out and scream, ‘why are children in cages’ at the top of my lungs at all times. It’s a really hard thing to be a human being in this country right now. Not just an actress, but a white woman … I have to use my privilege to speak out for those people that don’t have the same privileges as I do. The fact that Sydney does the same thing as me…this was the easiest job to audition for in the whole world. Talking about the humans behind the stories is really important to me.

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‘Bluff City Law’ (l-r) Caitlin McGee as Sydney Strait, Michael Luwoye as Anthony Little, Jimmy Smits as Elijah Strait (Photo: Jake Giles Netter/NBC)

Q: The show’s hashtag is ‘Change the World’ (#ChangeTheWorld). What would you change about the world?

ML: Learning about another person’s perspective. I wish we had more of an understanding of trauma, like how other people are triggered. To be able to say, ‘I see you’re going through something and it’s hard for you…I’d like to connect with you.’ Nowadays, it seems like there’s a lot of division, division, division, division. And, I’d love to see that change at some point.

Q: Have any of the cases covered in “Bluff City Law” been particularly compelling to you?

CM: Yeah, I told the writers the things I’m most passionate about – my cousin is trans and she hasn’t had the easiest time of it – I am “B” in the LGBTQ community, it’s very important for me to represent every single walk of life and specifically Black Lives Matter.

There are a lot of things I need to see on programming and our writers are addressing it in current and upcoming episodes, like holding big companies accountable. When you associate something with a human being – the first time I saw the actual man who was behind the Monsanto’s Roundup case…when I saw the lesions on his face…that’s going to stick with me for the rest of my life – that’s going to make me care about the case even more. If our show gets to represent the people that are a part of the headline as a real human person and that sticks to someone, then that is beyond anything I care about as an actress because we’re lacking empathy in this world.

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