On the heels of his Emmy nomination for American Crime‘s first season, Timothy Hutton and his co-star Felicity Huffman have revealed a bit more about their roles in Season 2 of the ABC anthology drama.
Confirming what TVLine exclusively revealed in June, our sister site Varietyreports that Season 2 will take place in the Midwest, where an incident at an elite prep school will spark conversations of sexual identity and disparity in the school systems.
“I haven’t read anything yet, but I know that the story is going to involve an incident that happens involving students at a high school and a private high school in the same town,” Hutton tells Variety. “I’m going to be playing the basketball coach at the private school.”
Adds Huffman, who will play the prep school’s headmistress: “We work at the same place, and an incident happens that we both have to put our full attention into. I’m not sure what the dynamic of that relationship is yet. I’m excited to find out more.”
As previously reported, Regina King, Richard Cabral, Elvis Nolasco and Lili Taylor — all of whom appeared in American Crime‘s first season — will return for its sophomore run.
‘Empathy allows us to see people whole,’ says Felicity Huffman on racism and her role on American Crime
Felicity Huffman is smart, tenacious, outspoken — she is by no means a timid woman. But in a refreshingly frank interview, the actress admits that even she wasn’t certain at first how to approach her controversial character on ABC’s American Crime.
Or the dialogue it would inevitably create.
The brainchild of 12 Years a Slave visionary John Ridley, American Crime centers on race, class, religion and gender politics in the wake of a racially charged murder.
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.”
Felicity Huffman on playing a grieving, racist mother: “She’s damaged goods … she’s damaged by her past … People ask me how do you play someone like that. I think as an actor you always have to find what you can endorse. As a person, and you know Barb is dedicated to being as good a mother as she can be.”