Carl Clemons-Hopkins just made Emmy history – INTO

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The Emmys have so far proven to be disappointment in terms of recognition of queer and black artists. But in today’s good news: Carl Clemons-Hopkins is the first non-binary actor to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy (Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series).

The news came as a surprise. “I was immersed in a Benadryl sleep,” they explained in an interview with the Attorney. “My partner woke me up and said, ‘Hey, you need to check your phone right now.'”

The nomination was for their portrayal of Marcus on HBO Hacks, the openly gay COO of series protagonist Deborah Vance. When offered the role of a major gay character with on-screen romance, they said, “If I’m being really honest with you, I think I initially thought that was too much. beautiful to be true. “

Playing in a highly publicized HBO series is certainly an incredible recovery from their early acting ambitions. Clemons-Hopkins was inspired to act after seeing the movie Glory at six years old: “It was wonderful… and one of the first times – and one of the rare times – that a story with so many people who look like me has been in a movie. In the early 90s, that was not a thing. For most of their careers they worked in the theater, but seeing the film Moonlight inspired them to make the transition to the big screen.

They are now preparing for the second season of Hacks and that of Nia DaCosta Candy—Two roles that couldn’t be more radically different from each other. “I’m one of those not in the protagonists’ corner, which is one of my favorite places,” they said, speaking on their Candy personage. “[I’m someone] who’s also just kind of an opportunistic weirdo. It’s so much fun. “

With their groundbreaking Emmy nomination literally catching them off guard, they now find themselves in the awkward position of history maker and role model. “I don’t know about other people, but I never wanted to write anyone’s story and my goal wasn’t a trophy,” they said. “It was just to let me be as authentic as possible and do the best job I can.” Instead, they see their appointment as a step in the right direction, part of a much larger movement in Hollywood. “It’s really humbling and amazing and also bittersweet because it just shows how far we as a society have to go. But the fact that there’s so much gender diversity and queer representation and black representation, and so many women in nominated positions of power, it’s really great.

Outside the larger context of their historic appointment, Clemons-Hopkins shared his personal feelings on the news. “I never really understood the honor of being nominated,” they said. “I mean, I got it, I heard it. I can understand the people saying it, but not as viscerally in all my soul. It’s such an honor, and I’ve already won it – low.

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