I love Andrew Scott and I'm glad he is being discovered in the USA:
You’ve warned against only L.G.B.T. actors playing L.G.B.T. roles. Why?
We absolutely adore when our parents are reading us a story when we’re 3 years old and they put on the voice of the wolf. Transformation is very important for actors. It’s something that the audience and the actor want. And I think the question should be about who gets to transform into what. For a long time, gay people haven’t been allowed to transform into straight people. But making straight people not be allowed to transform into gay people doesn’t seem to me to be the answer. I really do believe that we contain multitudes, and more than just our sexuality. We can have great empathy with people who don’t come from the same social background, the same sexuality, even the same race. I often ask gay people, If someone was to play you in a film of your life, would you want just gay actors? And the answer is always very varied.
No, I wouldn’t just want … because I have other attributes.
I’m so happy that Andrew Scott is finally becoming famous! Ha! Lots of tweeters disagreed that this was his “breakout year”, because that happened with Sherlock.
Part of the article:
The Irish actor is enjoying a breakout year after the internet dubbed him "hot priest" thanks to his stint on season two of Amazon and BBC's comedy-drama Fleabag. He also earned critical praise for anchoring the "Smithereens" episode from the latest season of Netflix's Black Mirror, in a performance that THR critic Tim Goodman called "exceptional … selling every part of [the character's] emotional state."
Scott was previously best known as Sherlock Holmes' classic villain Moriarty on the BBC's Sherlock, a manic and sinister turn that earned him the BAFTA for best supporting actor in 2012. Two years later, he won the British Independent Film Award for best supporting actor for his work in the historic dramedy Pride. His other credits include Spectre, where he played the new intelligence head with a secret agenda, and the courtroom drama Denial, where he played a lawyer helping Rachel Weisz in her case against a Holocaust denier.
Those who can't make it to the Old Vic in London can catch Scott soon on the big screen in Sam Mendes' World War I drama 1917, which Universal will release in limited theaters on Christmas Day and wide on Jan. 10, and on smaller screens on Amazon's anthology Modern Love, based on the popular New York Times column.
If PBS had promoted Sherlock properly, it would have been showered with all the awards it deserved - including an Emmy for Andrew Scott. I remember Benedict saying that he was driving through Los Angeles and saw a huge billboard for Downton Abbey, and he wondered why they hadn’t done that for Sherlock.
Bradley Whitford was on Seth Meyers last night, and he said that he only won his Emmy for The Handmaid’s Tale because Andrew Scott wasn’t nominated for Fleabag. It’s very cute how he gushes over him!
As BC! Except BC won The Evening Standard and the other two BEFORE the polemic (and massive resignation of critics/judges) because changes in the vote system and accusations about being forced to give the award to the most popular nominee! 😉
Although TBF there was a comparison a few years ago about how the award is increasing becomining a popularity contest and their main proof was that the other two awards normally go to someone less famous and arguably more deserving! If Scott wins the other two then he maybe is popular but also deserving!