**It’s opulence personified!
Netflix’s new limited series “Hollywood” follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown – no matter the cost!
EUR correspondent Fahnia Thomas Zoomed with co-stars Jeremy Pope, Jim Parsons and Jake Picking about the Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan production.
Q: What was the best part and hardest part of playing your character?
Jeremy Pope: The best part was he had some swag. We created this character that was fearless, strong and bold. He didn’t have a lot of money but we made sure he always looked and was dressed to the nines. He has a very interesting narrative as being a Black gay man and wanting so much for himself. He didn’t want to just write race pictures. He wanted to write a movie that could be a hit for everyone which is a struggle he goes through. You see moments [questioning] whether the Black actress is going to be able to audition for his project…it’s kind of this crabs in a barrel moment…Like it has to be one of us because he doesn’t want it to be a race picture. [The tone of the conversation creates an interesting discussion]. Ultimately, our show is uplifting, inspiring and hopeful…had we given these types of people opportunities in the 40s how different could [life] look or be.
Pope portrays Archie Coleman who is determined to be one of Hollywood’s first successful black screenwriters, Archie’s well aware that being black and gay are liabilities in ‘40s Hollywood.
Jim Parsons: The best part was getting to do all of these things I would never do in real life. You hear about it as an actor all the time, but I don’t think I felt it quite as intensely as I did with [playing Henry] because of all the inhumane things he did it’s one of the interesting things of being an actor…Trying to walk a mile in different people’s shoes. He wasn’t all bad. He was a very self-motivated entrepreneur…He was blazing his own trail in Hollywood in an era where that was necessary for a lot of people.
Parsons portrays Henry Willson the powerful and seedy Hollywood agent who “invents” Rock Hudson.
Jake Picking: It was daunting and almost claustrophobic because he was such an icon and hero.
Picking portrays Roy Fitzgerald “Rock Hudson” the chiseled small-town boy from Illinois who will soon become one of Hollywood’s biggest heartthrobs. He’s quietly exploring his sexuality.
“Hollywood” starts streaming on Netflix May 1.
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