Timothy Hutton said that you two would rehearse lines off set, but as soon as you both were on set, you avoided each other. Did you plan that?
You know, we didn’t, but part of the reason is I that adore Tim and so when I saw him, all I wanted to do was play: “Let’s be funny and play jokes.” I couldn’t do that (in character), so I literally had to just stay away from him. Barb carries her old wounds with her so prevalently that I had to kind of stay in the history of it. As you can tell, she’s never appropriate to the situation exactly. She’s very appropriate to her objective, but in terms of making friends and influencing people and getting things done, she’s not appropriate to it because her past has so clouded her future. I had to stay in that past on set. I don’t mean to sound all method and stuff. It took that level of concentration for me.
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As for Huffman, she plays the headmistress of the private school.
Hutton adds, “We work at the same place and an incident happens that we both have to put out full attention into. I’m not sure what the dynamic of that relationship is yet. I’m excited to find out more.”
“John [Ridley] said it’s going to be very different than Barb Hanlon, which is great because, although I love Barb, I don’t want to spend another four to five months with her. I’m not sure anybody wants to spend four months with Barb,” Huffman says with a laugh, joking that the next place she wants to see Hanlon is back at the Emmy Awards (which she’ll be attending with her husband, William H. Macy, who is also nominated this year, again for lead actor in a comedy).
At the center of the critically acclaimed series’ story arc is Huffman’s character, Barb Hanlon, a woman whose young war veteran son was brutally murdered during a home invasion robbery. Huffman fearlessly plays Barb, a mother hell-bent on getting what she perceives to be justice for her son, and the result is arguably one of the most compelling characters on television this year.
But to say the role is complex would be an understatement. In fact, we don’t honestly know how to describe Barb in a way that truly captures her.
“I didn’t quite, either,” Huffman confides, “and a good friend of mine said, ‘You know, she’s internally parched.’ And I was like, ‘Yeah, you know, she is. She’s brittle. She’s been damaged and she’s pissed.’ And of course, one word for that is she’s a racist. But there you see the building of a racist, which I think is the genius of what John Ridley did.”
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Racial politics will take a backseat to issues involving class and sexuality when American Crime returns with its second season next year.
“[In Season 1] we dealt with race and faith; in Season 2 we want to deal a lot more with class,” exec producer John Ridley tells TVLine. “We want to deal with gender issues, sexual orientation and sexual identity.”
The acclaimed drama will also shift its setting from Northern California to “the midwest” and feature a different “inciting incident,” according to Ridley. (TVLine has learned that much of the Season 2 action is expected to take place at an elite prep school that boasts a disparate student body, including a gay basketball star.)
“It’s going to be a whole different set of circumstances,” adds Ridley. “We’re hoping that we can not only make it provocative, but humanize people as well. If there’s one thing that American Crime did very well, it took issues that are generally just a headline and put faces on them. I’m hoping we can do that in the second season.”
American Crime stars Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton are set to return for John Ridley’s ABC anthology crime series’ upcoming second installment. I hear talks with other cast members are ongoing, and there are expected to be a number of new regulars. “It’s a completely different scenario and a completely American_Crime_ABCdifferent crime, even placed in a different part of America,” ABC’s Paul Lee said of Season 2 earlier this week, noting that Ridley has created “very specific new roles” for “some of these iconic actors from Season 1.” Details about the storyline of Season 2 and Huffman and Hutton’s characters are being kept under wraps. Season 1 followed the aftermath of a murder in Modesto, California, with Huffman and Hutton playing the victim’s parents. Like the first installment, Season 2 will film in Austin Texas, with production likely to begin in July.