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Emmy Podcast: Judith Light On Her Dazzling Performance In ‘Versace’

Judith Light talks about working with Ryan Murphy, Broadway and the important theme of homophobia in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

Judith Light has spent the day talking to press about her latest role in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace. We talk about how she divides time between Los Angeles and New York and our mutual love for theater.

Light was recently reunited with the cast of Versace and Executive Producer, Ryan Murphy when Pose premiered in New York. She raves about the show and Ryan Murphy’s talent. It’s easy to spend all day talking about Murphy and his groundbreaking work for TV, but we’re here to talk about Light and the outstanding performance she gives as Marilyn Miglin.

Her husband, Lee Miglin, a real estate business tycoon has been murdered by Andrew Cunanan and Marilyn, the Queen of Home Shopping goes to all lengths to preserve her dead husband’s reputation and maintain that the Miglins had a perfect marriage. “I won’t allow him to steal our good name.” She says when the police are filling her in on her husband’s gruesome murder. Much later, we see Marilyn break down after much public criticism over her cold behavior towards her husband’s murder. “Am I a real wife now?” She asks the camera.

Light’s performance is extraordinary, she owns every frame she appears in. Her expressions are nuanced, but her eyes tell a million stories. She has a Tony Award, a Daytime Emmy, but if you’re casting your Emmy votes, consider Light in American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Listen to our chat below as we discuss Light’s early influences, how she crafted Marilyn Miglin, transforming, homophobia in the 90’s and working with Ryan Murphy.