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Larry King NowAug 29 '16

Award-winning actor Felicity Huffman joins Larry to discuss her latest Emmy nomination for ‘American Crime,’ whether she and longtime husband William H. Macy are competitive with each other, and the ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ stars with whom she’d love to work. Plus, how the loneliness Felicity felt as a mother spurred her to start a website.

 

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Award-winning actor Felicity Huffman joins Larry to discuss her latest Emmy nomination for ‘American Crime,’ whether she and longtime husband William H. Macy are competitive with each other, and the ‘People v. O.J. Simpson’ stars with whom she’d love to work. Plus, how the loneliness Felicity felt as a mother spurred her to start a website.

Felicity Huffman discusses the rewarding experience of being a part of ‘American Crime,’ the award winning show she never thought would actually go to series. Huffman talks about her Emmy nomination for her role in the second season of the anthology series and reveals the origins of her involvement with the project and its creator, John Ridley.

Huffman also reveals that the secret to a long Hollywood marriage is her husband, William H. Macy, and discusses how competitive they are in their careers, as well as the origin of their relationship, dating back to when Huffman was a student at NYU.Huffman discloses who she wants to work with next and why “People v. O.J. Simpson’ star Sterling K. Brown left her so starstruck.

Huffman also explains the purpose behind her website What The Flicka, a site for mothers to share their parenting experiences. Huffman discusses the loneliness of motherhood and the undue expectations society places on mothers to love raising their children. 

QUOTES FROM THIS 'LARRY KING NOW' INTERVIEW WITH FELICITY HUFFMAN:

*Posted Online on Ora.TV on Aug 29th 2016:

“I knew it was a brilliant script. I met with John Ridley the morning after he won the Academy Award, and I knew he was brilliant, I knew the script was brilliant, but I thought we’d go off and make this pilot and ABC as a network would never pick it up.” — Felicity Huffman on “American Crime.”

“ I believe that people respond to story, but also the voice… I think John Ridley’s voice in ‘American Crime’ is one where he tells stark, honest truths without commenting whether they’re right or wrong. And I think people will always respond to truthful voices.” — Felicity Huffman on the success of “American Crime.”

“I mean I think it was a major demarcation when 40 year old women came on with “Desperate Housewives” and it was written by a prominent gay guy who went yes, 40 year old women are valuable and valid and can make you money, and I think that switched the face of TV.” — Felicity Huffman on sexism and ageism in the entertainment industry.

“ I think we all stand upon the shoulders of those who came before us, and I think the gay movement knocked down the door for what came after, and I think that’s what happened. And, you know, the gay movement stood upon the shoulders of the Civil Rights Movement.” — Felicity Huffman on how far the activism and rights have come for the transgender community.

“It was because of my experience parenting, and as a mother I found it very lonely and I felt that there was no acknowledgement or space for my experience of motherhood.” — Felicity Huffman on her parenting website What the Flicka?

“The only advice andexplanation I can give is marry William H. Macy. And I am the only one that managed to do that.” — Felicity Huffman on the secret to a long lasting marriage in Hollywood.

“Well, they say that Garry Marshall doesn’t direct a movie, he hosts a movie. So he works with all the same people and it’s like a party from beginning to end. I mean we had parades on the Universal lot.” — Felicity Huffman on working with Garry Marshall on “Georgia Rule.”

“David Mamet’s the smartest guy, the smartest living guy I know, and his language is very precise and very dense and it’s like heightened Shakespeare. So you have to make the language work and make sense, and at the same time you have to connect to the other person and have the internal truth and it was technically, and then emotionally, really difficult to keep all those balls in the air.” — Felicity Huffman on her hardest acting project, “The Anarchist.”

“I mean, God, five percent of our union makes a living wage, when you get a job, do it fully.” — Felicity Huffman on giving her all to her work.

“I just found out I’m supposed to gain at least 10 pounds for it, so what’s up for me next is I’m leaving here and I’m going to go eat In N Out burgers.— Felicity Huffman on what’s next for her on “American Crime.”