“Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis and Drama Actress A-List Tackle Race, Sexism, Aging in Hollywood”

“In THR’s roundtable, six Emmy contenders — including Lizzy Caplan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Lange and Ruth Wilson — speak candidly about the current climate in a conversation about nudity and typecasting: “I had never seen a 49-year-old, dark-skinned woman who is not a size 2 be a sexualized role in TV or film,” says Davis.

“So, do you have any whiskey for us?” asked (a mostly joking) Jessica Lange when she sat down to talk shop with five of her peers on a Saturday afternoon this spring. Turns out neither Lange, 66 (American Horror Story: Freak Show), nor her fellow actresses Lizzy Caplan, 32 (Masters of Sex); Viola Davis, 49 (How to Get Away With Murder); Ruth Wilson, 33 (The Affair); Taraji P. Henson, 44 (Empire); and Maggie Gyllenhaal, 37 (The Honorable Woman), needed any loosening up.

In a candid conversation that further blurred the lines between “film” and “TV” acting — Lange is a two-time Oscar winner; Davis, Gyllenhaal and Henson all have landed on the Academy’s nomination roster — Emmy’s drama actress contenders freely revealed how they’ve talked themselves out of quitting the business, why nudity never gets easier, the A-list filmmakers on their wish list (hello, Quentin!) and how TV may never be the same after Empire‘s Cookie Lyon: “She’s bigger than life. You will love her or hate her…”



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