|Best Drama Actor Emmy contenders: Watch exclusive interviews with Billy Bob Thornton, Milo Ventimiglia and more May 29th 2017, 23:00, by Marcus James Dixon
With so many new drama series sprouting up across multiple TV platforms, this year’s Emmy race for Best Drama Actor will be highly competitive. All six nominees from 2016 are eligible to return to the category, not to mention all of the candidates hoping for their first nominations. We’ve talked to many of these contenders already for this 2017 Emmy season, including reigning Golden Globe champ Billy Bob Thornton (“Goliath”).
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Michael Dorman (“Patriot”): “John is really fractured. It’s clear he’s suffering from a mental illness or PTSD. I tried to create a character that, for him to say hello is an extreme effort.”
Freddie Highmore (“Bates Motel”): “It’s like the morning after something terrible has happened and you wake up and you think, ‘This is actually real, it’s all over.’”
Jason Isaacs (“The OA”): “Anybody on the planet who hasn’t seen it is missing out. [My character] is on to the greatest scientific breakthrough there’s ever been in the history of mankind.”
Damian Lewis (“Billions”): “We knew that the second season was going to show consequences of their actions … there would be moral repercussions.”
Ray Liotta (“Shades of Blue”): “In Matt’s way of thinking, he’s doing good for the neighborhood. My philosophy was, if you know there’s going to be bad things out there [you try] to minimize the bad, so I can control it.”
Dan Stevens (“Legion”): “It’s a pretty mind-blowing concept. I love these kind of things: a little bit weird and playing with genre, but also playing with the audience and it’s a really delicious character to get your head around.”
Billy Bob Thornton (“Goliath”): “To play a lawyer as an actor, it’s a pretty great thing. It’s something we all want to do, because lawyers are there to convince a jury, and to investigate things, and learn about something, and then present your case, which is kind of what actors and lawyers both do.”
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”): “[My character’s] entire existence is defined by his family, first by his marriage and second by his kids. The longer he spends with his wife and his kids, the more he falls enamored by them, so he’ll do anything.”
Titus Welliver (“Bosch”): “This season, we really kind of took Harry Bosch down to the studs. He has sort of taken some steps on his own, and it’s somewhat compromised his moral compass a bit.”
Ricky Whittle (“American Gods”): “It’s been a great reception from fans of the book who have seen my nuances and the choices I’ve made to kind of keep that responsibility and that Shadow from the book, but also kind of juice him up a little bit for the TV version.”
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