That’s Coach Hutton, to you.
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.
Big score to Felicity for her role in American Crime. The Emmys will take place on September 20. American Crime scored 10 nominations.
Outstanding Lead Actress In A Limited Series Or A Movie
American Crime • ABC • ABC Studios
Felicity Huffman as Barb
American Horror Story: Freak Show • FX Networks • 20th Century Fox Television
Jessica Lange as Elsa Mars
Bessie • HBO • HBO Films in association with Flavor Unit Entertainment and the Zanuck Company
Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith
The Honorable Woman • SundanceTV • Drama Republic and Eight Rooks Productions for BBC TWO,
co-produced by SundanceTV
Maggie Gyllenhaal as Nessa Stein
Olive Kitteridge • HBO • HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone
Frances McDormand as Olive Kitteridge
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (Live From Lincoln Center) • PBS • A Lincoln
Center Media Production
Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett
‘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 has revealed that acting opposite her husband William H Macy forces her to up her game.
The couple will next be seen as parents to a troubled son going through the juvenile court system in Stealing Cars, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Speaking on the red carpet at the premiere, the Desperate Housewives actress said the pair don’t look for parts together, but working with her husband brings out the best in her.
“I love working with him, it raises the level of my game but we don’t go out there looking for it.”
Huffman, who found fame as housewife Lynette Scavo, is also slated to appear in Macy’s next directorial effort Krystal, opposite Sienna Miller, Jane Fonda and Josh Hutcherson.
“It feels like you have street cred when you do independent films and it’s where the exciting work is being done,” she said.
Felicity Huffman has officially scored a hat trick at ABC. From “Sports Night” to “Desperate Housewives” to her recent turn on limited series “American Crime,” Huffman has had critics and viewers raving in wildly diverse roles. She picked up an Emmy in 2005 for the first season of “Housewives,” and one of the joys of that night was sharing it with her husband — and fellow Emmy winner — William H. Macy.
What do you remember about day you won?
What was exciting was Bill and I got a hotel room — my kids were 2 and 3 at the time — which meant we could sleep in a little bit. I didn’t know how to get a dress, no one really wanted to dress me. Kevin Hall came out and said, “I’ll give you a dress” and very kindly the costumer from “Desperate Housewives” came. I liked my dress but I was sitting there in hair and makeup thinking, “There’s not a chance in hell I’m gonna win a comedy award. I feel about as funny as anthrax. I wish I could just be in this hotel room with my husband and order room service and get in our pajamas.” I was just so tired from being a mom.
Did you prepare a speech just in case?
I remember my husband came in and said, “Have you thought of anything to say?” And I said, “Oh, honey, no, I’m not gonna win.” He said, “Well, you’ve got a one in five chance. What’s really bad is when you stand up there and you’ve got nothing to say.” So I sat there, and in my mind I came up with what I said about Bill taking me out to a pasture. Part of it was, “Boy, who knew that that girl — who was a such a dork — would be here today?”
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 different 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.
While ratings have been very modest, American Crime has been widely praised by critics and is expected to garner awards attention for Ridley as well as Huffman and Hutton in the limited series Emmy categories.
Like was the case with the maiden season of another anthology series, FX’s American Horror Story, I hear the actors on ABC Studios-produced American Crime all had one-year deals going in, so new contracts need to be hammered out.