Emmy nominee Viola Davis, 49, and five other top TV drama actresses — Lizzy Caplan, 32 (Masters of Sex); Emmy nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37 (The Honorable Woman); Emmy nominee Taraji P. Henson, 44 (Empire); Emmy nominee Jessica Lange, 66 (American Horror Story: Freak Show); and Ruth Wilson, 33 (The Affair) — speak candidly about everything from race, sexism and aging in Hollywood to nudity and typecasting in THR’s Drama Actress Roundtable.
The table was aired yesterday on SundanceTV. Watch it below:
ET Canada – Sex sells, especially when the plot surrounds it. The show that’s based off of the true stories between Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who pioneered the science behind human sexuality in the 1950s and ‘60s, is back for a third season.
ET Canada sat down with the duo in question to talk about the upcoming season and their take on love and sex.
Lizzy was quick to let us know that she has always been in touch with the details surrounding the show’s main subject matter.
“I’ve always been a person that people tell very personal, intimate, dirty things to,” she reveals. “I keep waiting for somebody to lift up their skirt and ask me to diagnose them.”
Back in March Lizzy recorded the Variety Emmy Studio: Actors on Actors with fellow actress Allison Janney. They talked about doing comedy on drama, among other things.
“(Virginia Johnson) passed away after we shot the pilot. But she made it very clear that she didn’t want any involvement in it whatsoever … I don’t think she read the script, it was more that she wrote this book, and that was her story, and then she wanted to just live out the rest of her life away from it all. Which I had to respect, but it drove me a bit crazy. And I’m also not tasked with doing a direct impersonation, because people don’t know what she sounds like or how she moved or anything. Which is good, because I don’t know if I would be any good at that.”