The cast of Hollywood is featured online at Elle Magazine with a new photoshoot! Samara is featured alongside Jake Picking, Darren Criss, Jeremy Pope, Maude Apatow, Laura Harrier and David Corenswet, and they all look amazing. The article also contains a lot of interesting information on the show and cast which is worth a read!
The new photos have been added to our gallery, and you can read an excerpt from the article below – but make sure to visit Elle Magazine here for the full article, including information on the cast’s outfits and styling.
What if we had given these men, these women, the queer community, black people opportunities—how different could it be?” Jeremy Pope recalls producer/screenwriter/director Ryan Murphy saying, in an effort to sell the Broadway actor on Netflix’s Hollywood. Pope had little information on the series. What he did know, though—that the series is set in the 1940s and that it takes a revisionist look at the supposedly halcyon days of the film industry by giving black, Asian, and gay characters leading story lines—captivated him.
“The question Ryan posed to me at the time was, ‘What would happen if, you know, Rock Hudson and Anna May Wong and Dorothy Dandridge had had happy endings?’ The idea of pulling up buried history and also rewriting some wrongs excited me,” says Janet Mock, an executive producer, writer, and director, who joined the project after collaborating with Murphy on Pose. (Hollywood is part of a multimillion-dollar development deal Mock signed with Netflix.)
Hollywood, which features fictional story lines intertwined with real-life ones, is a bubbly, glamour-filled show that balances its irreverent, cheeky plots with smart commentary relevant to today’s cultural moment, despite being set decades in the past.
Pope, a Broadway star new to streaming, is part of a cast of young talents that includes David Corenswet, Maude Apatow, Laura Harrier, Samara Weaving, and Darren Criss, playing against heavyweights like Patti LuPone, Holland Taylor, and Rob Reiner. “I was really interested in going after young, sparkling new voices. We auditioned, and everybody in the world wanted to be a part of this show, I think, because once they figured out what it was about, it was meaningful for them,” Murphy says. “In the case of Laura and Samara and Jeremy, as soon as I saw their audition tapes, I was like, ‘Well, that’s the one.’ That was it.” (Proceed for full article)