Kerry Washington, Jennifer Lopez and Regina King join Julianna Margulies, Sarah Paulson, Kirsten Dunst and Constance Zimmer on the cover of the last issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The actresses are dressed in simple white, nude and peach toned pieces and gathered together to discuss nudity, network fights and the ‘diva’ label among other important things.
“You have a little bit of a safety [on network television],” Kerry told THR in regards to nudity in the acting world. “Part of it for me is the director and the producers and that trust. There have been times in my career where the nudity wasn’t about the story, it wasn’t about the character, it was just because that shit sells.”
“It’s the opposite for me once I had kids,” said Jennifer Lopez. “In videos and things that I do, I’m very sexy and wear little clothes, but the truth is, when it comes to acting, I did it earlier in my career and now I just don’t feel sometimes that you have to do it. I’ve changed in that sense.”
When the ladies were asked whether or not empathy was a key part of playing a real life public figure, (i.e Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark on The People vs OJ Simpson and Kerry who played Attorney Anita Hill in the HBO film Confirmation) Kerry said: I think it is because you have to embody that. I have to love the person I’m playing — even if you have a hard time loving them, I have to love them. For me, it was tricky because as a producer [on Confirmation], I wanted to produce a film about the hearings that was really complicated and where you felt pulled toward all of the characters. And I wanted all of the actors to feel enormous compassion for their [characters]. This is not a he said, she said; it’s a real, complicated portrait of how everybody was doing the best they could with what they had at the time. But as an actor, I was like, “It’s all about Anita [Hill].” (Laughs.) So, the developing of the script was where I really tried to lean into the other characters and make sure that the story felt very balanced and that I felt compassion toward all of them; but there was a point about two weeks before shooting where I was like, “Peace out, you’re on your own, I got her now and you guys have to protect those other people.”
You can read the entire interview over at The Hollywood Reporter.