*Not only has Regina King booked another recurring role on a television series, but it’s the long anticipated new drama from Oscar winning “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter John Ridley.
ABC’s “American Crime” is an anthology that explores race, class and gender through the lens of a racially charged murder and its subsequent trial. The series will explore the case through multiple viewpoints, including the victim’s parents played by Felicity Huffman and Timothy Hutton, and the character played by King – a Muslim woman named Aliyah Shadeed.
“It’s a complete story, where usually when we’re watching shows or movies, it’s told through a certain character’s perspective,” King told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour. “Even though some shows it will say it’s an ensemble cast, it’s still a little more through one or two characters’ lens, but this is truly a complete story, and you end with feeling frustrated like we do, you feel hope like we do all of the things that all of us feel in our day to day lives and experiences that happen to us, and the circumstances that have taken place in our lives that have created those experience. John so amazingly did that in 11 episodes.”
“You know all of these people,” King continued. “And just when you think maybe there’s you have nothing in common with someone, there are moments in this piece in this beautiful tragedy that two people find out they have more in common than just being a mother or just being someone who’s lost someone or someone whose relative is being accused of something. We have something in common where and it’s bigger that we’re human. There’s empathy there. It’s beautiful. I just can’t wait for you guys to see it.”
Below, the actress talks about the extensive research that went into her portrayal of Aliyah Shadeed:
“American Crime” premieres Thursday, March 5 at 10 p.m. on ABC.
Watch the trailer below: