The American Crime actress is attached to a star in an untitled political family comedy from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and co-executive producer Vijal Patel, which has earned a big commitment from the Alphabet network.
Per our sister site Deadline, the potential series explores how today’s “politics of division” plays out between two opposing pundits who also happen to be husband and wife. (Think James Carville and Mary Matalin.) Bitter work rivals on their show Black & Wright — one’s black, one’s white; one’s left, one’s right — the couple (Huffman plays the wife) has to turn conflict into compromise at home when it comes to raising their kids.
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is bring their award-winning drama, Stealing Cars, to DVD. Before the official release date, take a peek ensemble drama starring Mike Epps (The Hangover), Felicity Huffman (American Crime), William H. Macy (Shamless) and John Leguizamo (John Wick).
Taking home the the Zeitgeist Award at the 2015 Los Angeles Film Festival, the critically acclaimed drama comes from Rachel Winter, a producer of Dallas Buyers Club, and executive producers Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson (Entourage). Winter had been in development of the project since the mid-1990s before finally getting the film going into production. She first read the Stealing Cars script by Will Aldis and Steve Mackall back in 1999.
According to the official plot synopsis, Billy Wyatt (Emory Cohen) is a young man with tremendous promise. A tragic car accident sends the confident yet rebellious teen spiraling downward into the juvenile penal system, His troubled past unfortunately leads Billy straight to the Bernville Camp for Boys. Inside the camp, Billy must navigate his way through dangerous inmates, while dealing with a cruel and equally punishing staff. During his incarceration, Billy learns to inspire others and find out the truth about himself in the process.
Balancing work and motherhood isn’t always easy — even if you’re an award-winning actress like Felicity Huffman.
“First, I have to recognize how lucky I am to have to navigate these sorts of issues. I have a job that I love and a fabulous family that I love,” says Huffman, who is featured in the current issue of PEOPLE.
“But people always ask, ‘How do you balance home life and work?’ And I tell them, ‘I don’t. I just drop the ball all the time.’
Felicity Huffman, star of John Ridley’s ABC anthology series American Crime, is guest starring in Ridley’s ABC drama pilot Presence. The gig, limited to the pilot only, stems from Huffman’s relationship with Ridley and fellow Presence executive producer Michael McDonald, who also exec produce Presence, and is the type of favor name actors do for writers and producers they have a strong relationship with. Huffman tweeted about her stint yesterday.
Shooting on location away from home has it’s challenges for Felicity Huffman. But if her ABC drama American Crime couldn’t be filmed in Los Angeles, she’s glad it’s shooting in Austin.
“It’s a great city,” says the actress, who is featured in the current issue of PEOPLE. “The people there are so kind and polite and outgoing and friendly. I love working there.”
This is the second season the anthology series has shot in the capital of Texas, which has given Huffman, 52, plenty of time to explore the city.
Viewers we’re surprised last year on “American Crime” when you played a woman with bigoted views. Now you’re portraying a woman who is more pleasant on the surface but is more cunning and dangerous. What was your response when John Ridley first talked to you about her?
I was pleased. As we were building Leslie, I said to John, “She wants to be someone that people are drawn to.” Men find her attractive, but women don’t find her threatening. They go, “I like her skirt, I like her hair.” She wins people over. She’s such a chess player and a mastermind, a politician.