Magazine article Variety

I've Been in the Game for over 25 Years

Magazine article Variety

I've Been in the Game for over 25 Years

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Anthony Hemingway's prolific directing resume reads like a list of essential TV shows from the past 20 years: "The Wire," "ER," "Battlestar Galactica," "Orange Is the New Black," "Empire." But it wasn't until last season, when he helmed five episodes of "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story," that Emmy came calling. Now he's in the running with fellow "O.J." directors Ryan Murphy and John Singleton. LAMARCO MCCLENDON

How does it feel being an Emmy-nominated director?

I'm incredibly humbled and honored. In and of itself, the fact that I'm being recognized and get to attend the award show and party alongside so many great people I respect in the industry ... I've been in the game for over 25 years, and it's just the first time that I've ever had any experience like this. I'm trying to enjoy it as long as it lasts.

How did you approach directing actors to portray real people in the O.J. Simpson case?

I always try to approach it as honestly as possible. Once I realized that I'm not making a documentary, it took a lot of stress off. Knowing the caliber of the actors, I knew it wasn't going to be a challenge in getting them to portray the people. …

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