For Jeremy Pope, the chance to star in Ryan Murphy‘s limited series, “Hollywood,” was the next step in an already impressive career. Two years ago, he made his Broadway debut in “Choir Boy,” a play written by the Oscar-winning writer of “Moonlight,” Tarell Alvin McCraney.
The same year, Pope also starred in the musical, “Ain’t Too Proud.” With Tony Award nominations for both roles, he would become only the sixth actor to earn two Tony nominations for separate performances in the same year.
It wasn’t long before Ryan Murphy’s team reached out with an exciting new project — on television.
“Hollywood” is a fairy tale-like revisionist look at post-war Tinsel Town, when anybody truly could become anything they wanted to be. The seven-episode series imagines what might have happened if a studio executive in 1947 had taken a chance on a film with a Black female lead, directed by a half-Asian director, and written by a Black, gay screenwriter.
Jeremy Pope stars as Archie Coleman, the charming, proud, and fearless screenwriter who learns how to make his voice heard in a town that would rather ignore him. He stars alongside Darren Chris, Laura Harrier, Jake Picking, Holland Taylor, Patti LuPone and more.
This week, we had the chance to speak with Jeremy Pope about his work, his influences, and what Hollywood might look like today if a story like this had really happened back in 1947. Please enjoy our conversation.
For more information about the series, visit the official website here.