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Paley 2017: American Crime’s Cast and EP Tease Season 3 

Paley 2017: American Crime’s Cast and EP Tease Season 3
Photo Credit: Imeh Bryant for The Paley Center
Photo Credit: Imeh Bryant for The Paley Center

Warning: MAJOR spoilers ahead

It’s that time of year again. American Crime is one of my favorite shows because it endeavors to take a look at every side of very weighty topics. I also love that, as Felicity Huffman talks about during her interview, there’s a repertory company of actors who come back every year. This show seems like an actor’s dream: they get to play different characters every season in such timely and important stories. Does it sound like I’m gushing? Let me try to pull it back a bit.

Season 3 is about modern slavery. The setting is North Carolina, but this story could take place anywhere in the United States. We’ve got a teenage girl who is trafficked, we meet migrants/undocumented workers on local farms and in Episode 4 we’ll meet a French nanny. I don’t know much about that last storyline because it’s top secret, but I’ve been assured things get very intense, very quickly.

The Paley Center had a Season 3 premiere event recently and TV Goodness had the chance to talk to the actors as well as the EP about what to expect this season.

Photo Credit: Imeh Bryant for The Paley Center

Felicity Huffman on Jeanette Hesby, her character’s “awakening,” working with Janel Moloney, her place in the Hebsy hierarchy and on being part of this cast and playing such different characters every season:

Photo Credit: Imeh Bryant for The Paley Center

Richard Cabral on Isaac Castillo, his friendship with Connor Jessup’s Coy Henson, Issac’s struggle to change his life, playing an entirely new character every year and what’s next for him:

Photo Credit: Imeh Bryant for The Paley Center

Ana Mulvoy-Ten on Shae Reese, preparing for this role, working with Regina King and when we’ll be getting a little more of Shae’s backstory:

Photo Credit: Imeh Bryant for The Paley Center

Mickaëlle X. Bizet on Gabrielle Durand, working with Lili Taylor and Timothy Hutton, her process and working with the crew:

Photo Credit: Imeh Bryant for The Paley Center

Michael McDonald on how and why he and John Ridley decided to focus on modern slavery, setting this season in North Carolina, bringing back the same core actors every year and this season’s guest stars:

In Episode 1 we meet Benito Martinez’s Luis Salazar, an undocumented man who travels from Mexico into the United States in search of a job. He soon discovers that modern servitude is thriving in the farmlands and agricultural communities. Promised work and a place to live, laborers find themselves required to pay exorbitant rates for shelter, food and other essentials. With what little money they make often collected directly by their employers, workers find themselves caught in perpetual debt and without recourse because of their legal status. But undocumented workers aren’t the only people targeted by this system. Coy Henson is a young, white American male, estranged from his family and hopelessly addicted to drugs.

Season 3 of American Crime premieres Sunday, March 12th at 10/9c on ABC.

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