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Well, congratulations to Darren and Ryan Murphy, Tom Rob Smith, and the cast and crew of ACS Versace

Well done!  I can't say I'm surprised Darren was nominated--with the vast majority of critics loving his work on the show, but yeah, feeling so very happy for and proud of him.  So well-deserved!  I can only imagine how he must be dancing on Cloud 9 right now with Mia and friends (and family?)! 

I meant to post earlier, but it's been a busy day.  But I've been following all the wonderful updates from dcriss-archive and Darren Criss Army the whole day.  First thing I did this morning was check just to make sure our man got that nomination! 

I'm also feeling very happy for Ryan Murphy, the rest of the cast and crew, Tom Rob Smith,  and the other producers/showrunners ACS Versace.  So  happy for Ryan.  The show was a brilliant idea.  It took so much vision from Ryan to get this show done and to shine a spotlight on, to bring to light, the human cost of societal intolerance, of society's ability to shun and turn their cheek away from an entire community.  Hats off to Ryan for his vision! 

I'm sorry that Cody and Jon Jon were not nominated.  But it doesn't take away how brilliant those two actors, one a veteran actor and one a young up and coming rising star, were in the show.  Awards shows tend to play it safe and reward big names (and often reward the same shows and same folks every year).  (For this reason, I'm so relieved that Darren was nominated, since his category was teeming with giant names!)  To me, Cody's performance (and the brilliant writing for Cody's lines) were the heart of the show--he just captured the heart break of the stories of these men, and likewise, Jon Jon's performance was so remarkable in how it highlighted an Asian immigrant's experiences in America in a highly visible project by a highly visible, well-respected showrunner.  My hope is that both Jon Jon and Cody will have more opportunities in the future (and in Jon Jon's case, that he will have many opportunities to represent the Asian-American acting community in the future).

Just so happy for everyone who was part of this team!   Much love to all involved!!!  heart heart heart  My heart is teeming with pride.



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Indiewire wrote:
Sandra Oh’s ‘Killing Eve’ Emmy Nod Isn’t the Only Important Asian Nomination to Celebrate

July 12, 2018

Oh isn’t the only significant Asian representation among the nominees though. Darren Criss, who is half Filipino, snagged a nomination for playing killer Andrew Cunanan, who in real life was also half-Filipino, in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” on FX. This is his first individual acting Emmy nomination. He previously had a nod as a singer/songwriter on “Glee.”

Criss released the following statement on Twitter regarding his nomination: “Zorro, Dr. Strange, Harry Dunne, Todd Alquist, and Jesus Christ… pretty incredible company to keep. Humbled by your talent, Antonio Banderas, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeff Daniels, Jesse Plemons, John Legend. I’m such a fan. Congrats! What an honor, Television Academy. Thank you so much. Truly. Wow. And a huge congrats to my fellow cast and crew of The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story! Ryan Murphy does it again!”

Either win would make great strides for Asian representation, especially in the acting categories. Only two Asian actors have won previously: Riz Ahmed in 2017 for his leading role in “The Night Of” and Archie Panjabi for her supporting role in “The Good Wife” in 2010.



Source:  https://www.indiewire.com/2018/07/killing-eve-sandra-oh-emmy-darren-criss-gianni-versace-hiro-murai-1201983634/

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In addition to Darren, Ryan, Tom Rob Smith, the rest of the cast and crew and showrunners/producers of ACS Versace, I'm happy for one of my favorite shows (This is Us) and for Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones (I'm sorry Mandy Moore wasn't nominated)!  This article didn't seem to realize Darren is part Filipino.
TV Guide wrote:
2018 Emmy Nominations by the Numbers

July 12, 2018

1: Confirmed number of amazing butts among nominees (Darren Criss)

38: People of color nominated for Emmys in major categories, which more than doubles last year: Sterling K. Brown and Ron Cephas Jones, This Is Us; Tracee Ellis Ross, Anthony Anderson and Wanda Sykes, black-ish; Donald Glover, Zazie Beetz, Katt Williams and Brian Tyree Henry, Atlanta; Leslie Jones, Kenan Thompson, Tiffany Haddish, Saturday Night Live; Tituss Burgess,Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Jeffrey Wright and Thandie Newton,Westworld; Samira Wiley and Kelly Jenrette, The Handmaid’s Tale; Regina King, Seven Seconds; RuPaul Charles, Drag Race; W. Kamau Bell, United Shades of America: With W. Kamau Bell; Issa Rae, Insecure; Sandra Oh, Killing Eve; Trevor Noah, Daily Show; Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso; Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Darren Criss and Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story;Brandon Victor Dixon and John Legend, Jesus Christ Superstar; Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away with Murder; Viola Davis, Scandal; Adina Porter, American Horror Story: Cult; Letitia Wright, Black Mirror; Maya Rudolph, The Good Place; Lin-Manuel Miranda, Curb Your Enthusiasm; John Leguizamo, Waco

6: Number of Latinx performers nominated, including Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, Edgar Ramirez, Ricky Martin, John Leguizamo and Lin-Manuel Miranda

1: Number of Asian actors nominated (Sandra Oh). C'mon TV, do better!


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The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Monday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC.

Source:  https://www.tvguide.com/news/emmys-2018-nominations-trivia/

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ABS-CBN wrote:
Fil-Am actor Darren Criss earns Emmy nomination for serial killer role

July 13, 2018


His role in the TV drama “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” as a serial killer has been a big hit with audience and critics.

Now, Filipino-American actor Darren Criss has received an acting nomination for an Emmy, perhaps the highest honor in TV, it was revealed late Thursday (Philippine time).

This is the first Emmy acting nod for Criss, whose mother is from Cebu. He was nominated in 2015 in the outstanding original music category for a song he wrote for “Glee.”

In his new show, Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, the half-Filipino murderer notorious for killing five men, including famous fashion Gianni Versace, in 1997.

It has drawn positive reviews from critics, with the New York Times’ Margaret Lyons describing his performance as “impressive and haunting” in spite of her tamed views on the show overall.

TV Guide called him “magnificent,” while USA Today praised him for bringing the spree killer to life with “disturbing energy and commitment,” just to name some of the reviews.



Source:  http://news.abs-cbn.com/entertainment/07/13/18/fil-am-actor-darren-criss-earns-emmy-nomination-for-serial-killer-role

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Darren was right on the nose when he described why he felt Ryan is so great at what he does.  Ryan colors the stories of his characters with social significance, giving his characters a voice to tell stories that haven't been told by their communities in the same way before.  At the same time, Ryan is genius at making each of his characters accessible, so that any barriers that may have existed between some audience members and the characters begin to melt away once the audience begins to relate to and bond with the characters, despite differences that some audience members may have felt before.  I know that happened with Glee, especially with how audience members who previously had no sense of community with LGBTQ people, began to really love and embrace LGBTQ characters over the course of the various seasons of Glee.   That is magic.  That is, I believe, the key to combatting prejudice and bias:  To be able to help people develop a sense of community with other human beings, regardless of their differences.
Deadline wrote:
‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Stars Reflect On Emmy Nominations: TV Academy “Voted For Justice”

July 12, 2018

"How am I doing? I don’t even know how I’m doing. I’m on fire, man. What can I say?” Ricky Martin told Deadline today, after receiving his first ever Emmy nomination for Ryan Murphy’s FX series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. Picking up their own nominations amongst the series’ 18 overall nods, Versace stars Edgar Ramírez, Darren Criss and Finn Wittrock seemed to share Martin’s sense of excited bewilderment.

Documenting the murder of the titular fashion icon (Ramírez) at the hands of spree killer Andrew Cunanan (Criss), the latest installment of Murphy’s true crime anthology series was a dream project for those involved. “It’s a difficult thing to say because obviously [Cunanan] is a very tragic figure. I’d like to think that if I was in any position to have stopped the horrible things that happened, if I was there, I would have tried to do something,” Criss explained of his thinking in portraying an infamous real-life killer. “But unfortunately I wasn’t there. So all I could do is try to bring a kind of positivity to this darkness by telling a story in a certain way, raising certain questions that we can ask 20 years later about not only him, but ourselves and our society.”

“Regardless of awards season, this is an opportunity that I have worked and waited for my entire life. Actors are really only as good as the parts they can get, and the people that believe in them, and the complexity of the characters that they’re playing,” Criss added with reference to his troubled character, who finds himself at the center of the series—more so than Versace himself. “The thing that makes Andrew interesting is not the stuff that is dark or scary or uncomfortable; it’s the breadth of colors that exists on his palette. That’s what actors really crave.”

Like Criss, Martin was happy to see some light come out of the darkness of Versace and Cunanan’s experience. “Today, I realized that my peers in The Academy voted for justice — because at the end of the day, this is what the story was about,” he said. “It’s focused on the justice that is needed [following] this horrible crime. This is the way I see it, period.”

For the actors of Versace, portraying real-life figures was a challange. “As happens every time you play a real-life person, [the challenge] is not to yield before the pressure of playing someone that a lot of people knew—especially someone like Gianni whose work was so impactful,” Ramírez said. “Playing a real-life character, it’s not about imitating. It’s not a photograph—it’s a painting.”

While Criss contemplated the psyche of a killer—attempting to manifest all of Cunanan’s complexity—Martin gave himself up to the darkness D’Amico experienced following the death of Versace. “We walked on set every day extremely vulnerable, but at the same time, we all felt protected because we were being directed by Ryan, and by an amazing group of directors,” he said. “It just felt right.”

Celebrating the success of Versace, each of the series’ stars tipped their hat to its mastermind, Ryan Murphy, discussing what makes him so unique and vital as a storyteller. “He works harder than anyone else in the business and continues to keep a group of people around him who are continually impressive. With every new project, you’re going to be challenged in a new way and surprised,” Wittrock said.

Added Criss, who also worked with Murphy on Glee, “He really gravitates towards sides of the story that we wouldn’t typically hear, or haven’t heard in the past. He finds what’s not only most accessible about those stories, but as a showrunner and a showman, he knows how to make those things attractive.”


Source:  https://deadline.com/2018/07/american-crime-story-versace-darren-criss-edgar-ramirez-ricky-martin-emmys-1202425891/

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jonjonbriones: Big congratulations to our show @americancrimestoryfx Versace for the Emmy nominations! @darrencriss @edgarramirez25 @finnwittrock @ricky_martin @penelopecruzoficial @judithlight @mrrpmurphy



















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sthanlee: Huge CONGRATS to FilAm Actor @DarrenCriss on his Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for #ACSVersace !! Also CONGRATS to the Cast & Crew of @americancrimestoryfx on your 18 Emmy Nominations! @jonjonbriones @carlinjames917 @isacamillebriones | Photo by @Sthanlee B. Mirador | @SIPAUSA [7.12.18] . #Emmys #FilAm #DarrenCriss #FX #AmericanCrimeStory


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Fantastic article!
Slate wrote:
Sandra Oh’s and Darren Criss’ Historic Emmy Noms Show the Two Ways to Diversify Casting

By Inkoo Kang

July 12, 2018

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Photo illustration by Slate.  Photos by Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images and Noam Galai/Getty Images.


On Thursday, Sandra Oh became the first actress of Asian descent to garner an Emmy nomination for best lead actress in a drama while Darren Criss became the second actor of Asian descent to earn an Emmy nod for best lead actor in a limited series or TV movie. Best known for her decade on Grey’s Anatomy, Oh was honored for her critically acclaimed performance as disgraced MI5 detective Eve Polastri in BBC America’s Killing Eve. A supporting player on Glee, Criss delivered a star turn as spree killer Andrew Cunanan in FX’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace.

Should these actors take home the award on Sept. 17Criss is widely considered one of the front-runners in his category, whereas Oh will have to build on her momentum to prevail against five returning nominees, including 2017 winner Elisabeth Moss—they would become only the third and fourth acting Emmy winners of Asian descent, after Riz Ahmed for The Night Of in 2017 and Archie Panjabi for The Good Wife in 2010.

The serendipitous pairing of Oh’s and Criss’ roles also suggests that initiatives toward inclusiveness in Hollywood should be two-pronged: through colorblind casting when it comes to characters whose stories aren’t about their race (as was the case with Oh’s Polastri), as well as through stories specific to the Asian American experience (such as that of the half-Filipino Cunanan, who suffered racial discrimination within the gay community).

These record-breaking achievements are all the more poignant for arriving one day after news broke that a movie studio intends to make a fictionalized version of the Thai cave rescue as “a major Hollywood film with A-list stars”—a phrase that has previously served as a justification for whitewashing stories. Criss and Oh’s performances illustrate that acting talent among performers of Asian descent is out there—but won’t be given a chance to reveal itself without the opportunities necessary to create new A-listers.

Source:  https://slate.com/culture/2018/07/sandra-oh-and-darren-criss-historic-emmy-noms-show-how-to-diversify-casting.html









EDIT:  Added a few more items on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (July 13, July 14, and July 15):

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GMA wrote:
Darren Criss earns lead actor Emmy nod for ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’

July 13, 2018

Fil-Am actor Darren Criss’ heartbreaking, gut-wrenching performance as Filipino serial killer Andrew Cunanan has earned him a well-deserved Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie.

FX’s true crime dramatization, “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”, led the limited series category with 18 nominations. It will be competing against “The Alienist”, “Genius: Picasso”, “Godless”, and “Patrick Melrose” for Outstanding Limited Series.

This is Criss’ first Emmy nomination for acting. He will be up against Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”), Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”), John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”), and Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror: USS Callister).

Criss fleshed out in the small screen the troubled mind of Cunanan, who went on a horrific murder spree that ended with the death of legendary fashion designer Gianni Versace.

Cunanan killed at least five people before taking his own life to evade arrest.

Source:  http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/showbiz/showbizabroad/660314/darren-criss-earns-lead-actor-emmy-nod-for-lsquo-assassination-of-gianni-versace-rsquo/story/

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Darren Criss nominated for Emmy for role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”
TFCBalitangAmerica July 13, 2018
Fil-Am actor Darren Criss earns an Emmy nomination for his role in the TV drama “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

In his new show, Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, the half-Filipino murderer notorious for killing five men, including famous fashion Gianni Versace, in 1997.












Balitang America wrote:
Darren Criss nominated for Emmy for role in “The Assassination of Gianni Versace”

July 14, 2018


Fil-Am actor Darren Criss earns an Emmy nomination for his role in the TV drama “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story.”

This is the first Emmy acting nod for Criss, whose mother is from Cebu. He was nominated in 2015 in the outstanding original music category for a song he wrote for “Glee.”

In his new show, Criss plays Andrew Cunanan, the half-Filipino murderer notorious for killing five men, including famous fashion Gianni Versace, in 1997.

If Criss nabs the award, this would be the first time a Fil-Am would win in the lead actor, limited series or movie category.

The Emmy awards ceremony takes place in Los Angeles on September 17.


Source:  https://balitangamerica.tv/darren-criss-nominated-for-emmy-for-role-in-the-assassination-of-gianni-versace/











Entertainment Weekly wrote:
Emmys 2018: Facts and surprises about this year's nominees

July 14, 2018
Darren Criss, Assassination of Gianni Versace, Best Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Criss earned his first-ever acting nomination for his work as the chilling serial killer Andrew Cunanan on the FX crime drama. However, he has actually been nominated for an Emmy before — for helping to pen an original song on the final season of Glee in 2015. Criss is only the second actor of Asian descent to earn a nomination in this category. The first was Riz Ahmed who made history when he won for The Night Of last year.



Source:  http://ew.com/tv/emmys-2018-nominees-facts-and-surprises/#darren-criss-assassination-of-gianni-versace-best-actor-in-a-limited-series-or-movie

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Warning:  Spoilers about Episode 8:

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edouardholdener: Now you finally got see Andrew’s childhood. How did you like yesterday’s episode?
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avry_adelle: meet the cunanan’s on acs tonight









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americancrimestoryfx: “You’re not upset that I stole. You’re upset because I stopped!" #ACSVersace






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Aw, love how proud Jon Jon is about being connected to this project and all the wonderfully talented people that he worked with on this project. heart
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jonjonbriones: This was an amazing experience! Acting opposite the incredible @darrencriss and my real life and tv daughter @isacamillebriones , directed by the amazing @mattbomer , Fantastic writing by Tom Rob Smith & Maggie Cohn. Thank you @mrrpmurphy Nina Jacobson & Brad Simpson for the opportunity. Hope you all like it! #PinoyFamOnTv









And exactly the same amount of respect and gratitude expressed by Matt Bomer.  heart
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mattbomer: Tonight is the night! Directorial debut tonight on @americancrimestoryfx at 10 PM on FX. Many thanks to @mrrpmurphy, Tom Rob Smith, and the brilliant Maggie Cohn for this script, and my phenomenally talented brother @darrencriss. And to all those who helped me out! Im so excited for the world to see the work of @jonjonbriones and @edouardholdener - who blew me away every single day. Can’t wait to hear what you think! #americancrimestoryversace #fxnetwork









Season Finale (Episode 9) spoilers!

American Crime Story 2x09 Promo “Alone” (HD) Season 2 Episode 9 Promo Season Finale | Source








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Hi Jeremy,

Yes, that's possible.  And I really do appreciate the first part of what he said, where he stated that because he passes as white, that he will not encounter the same obstacles that people of color will face in the entertainment industry.    I feel he's being respectful of the experiences that people of color face, that he's being respectful by recognizing that there will be unique obstacles and grief that people of color unfortunately, will have to live through, and overcome, that he--as a person who passes as white--fortunately will not. 

It was the choice of words/the phrasing of the later part of the quote that has surprised me, but I feel like I am just repeating myself, at this point. :happy face










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I'm not sure how much violence is in this video (I closed my eyes at one part).

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story | Season 2: World Premiere | FX
Not a lot of new bits here but it’s a new compilation from FX.

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@ACSFX His best attributes brought out the worst in him. #ACSVersace @DarrenCriss

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I'm really looking forward to this episode. 
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@FilAmCreative #FilipinoAmericans @JonJonBriones, @CarlinJames and @TheIsaBriones will be joining @DarrenCriss & the cast of @FXNetworks’ @ACSFX (THE ASSASSINATION OF GIANNI VERSACE: AMERICAN CRIME STORY) on a new episode this #Wednesday, #March14th at 10pm. Photos by @Sthanlee. #ACSVersace









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Mason Alexander Park.  :happy face

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Pics of Episode 8:
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jonjonbriones: A sneak peak before this Wednesday’s episode of @americancrimestoryfx #AssassinationOfGianniVersace












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Yea!  Looking forward to seeing all the Filipino-American talent in this week's episode!  I need to remind my husband's Filipino co-worker to make sure she watches.
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FilAm Creative wrote:
Jon Jon Briones, Carlin James, Isa Briones, Zedrick Restauro Join Darren Criss in FX’s ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,’ March 14

March 12, 2018

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Filipino American actors Jon Jon Briones, Carlin James, Isa Briones and Zedrick Restauro join fellow FilAm Darren Criss in a new episode of FX’s The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story this Wednesday, March 14 at 10:00pm.

Jon Jon Briones (Miss Saigon) will play Andrew’s father, ‘Modesto Cunanan’ while Carlin James (How to Get Away with Murder, This Is Us, Dear White People) will play Andrew’s brother, ‘Christopher’ and Isa Briones (who was just announced today to play ‘Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds’ in the first national tour of Hamilton) will play his sister, ‘Elena.’  They will also appear in next week’s episode on March 21.

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Filipinos seem to praise their own whenever anyone hits mainstream celebrity status, but they did not with Cunanan.  Many never spoke his name at the office water cooler gossip while others watched the televised manhunt, in secret.  It’s as if we all felt a great disturbance…

When it was announced that the Andrew Cunanan story will be the 2018 series focus for American Crime Story, I was hesitant to even promote it. But, it was until a colleague friend mentioned to me that the show “tells struggles of a Fil-Am family seldom seen on TV.”

She’s right.

Cunanan developed a reputation as a prolific liar given to telling fantastic tales about his family and personal life.  He was also adept at changing his appearance according to what he felt was most attractive at a given moment.  When he was 19, his father deserted his family to avoid arrest for embezzlement. That same year, his mother learned that Cunanan was gay.  During an ensuing argument, he threw her against a wall, dislocating her shoulder.  Later examination of his behavior from reports indicate that he may have suffered from antisocial personality disorder, a personality disorder characterized by an abnormal lack of empathy (earlier known as psychopathy).

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Spoiler:

I've been wondering about Cunanan's siblings.
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edouardholdener: The young Cunanans. (On ACS this Wednesday!) #acs#americancrimestory #fx









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memoryrec: My little actor on set and soon behind the camera! So proud to celebrate today his admission to @lachsa_official in Cinematic Art!









This is such an interesting issue.  Representation matters.   Even if the Cunanan family was not healthy, I'm still very happy to see a mixed-Filipino-American family being represented on TV on a major show!   It may not seem like such a big deal to some, but for those communities who see very little representation on TV and film, it is deeply appreciated.  heart 
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carlinjames917: Just a reminder for anyone who cares. There’s legit gonna be the story of a “dysfunctional”, mixed-Filipino-American family told on TV!   wha? This NEVER happens!! It still blows my mind, and I’m so grateful I get to be a small part of it. #RepresentationMatters
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This is cool, a pic of the call sheet with Darren at the top. 
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gabyfresquez: That time I shared a call sheet with #RickyMartin …all my 90s dreams cometh true  #actorslife #americancrimestoryversace @americancrimestoryfx #livinlavida #menudo #latinsbelike #latinx




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