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Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis & Emmy Contenders Talk Race, Sexism, Aging in Hollywood

Six Emmy contenders Taraji P. Henson, Viola Davis, Lizzy Caplan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jessica Lange, and Ruth Wilson take the cover of The Hollywood Reporter‘s latest issue, hitting stands this week. They speak candidly during a roundtable about race, sexism, aging, nudity and typecasting.

Viola on what most appealed to her and scared her about playing the lead in a Shonda Rhimes drama (How To Get Away With Murder): There was absolutely no precedent for it. I had never seen a 49-year-old, dark-skinned woman who is not a size 2 be a sexualized role in TV or film. I’m a sexual woman, but nothing in my career has ever identified me as a sexualized woman. I was the prototype of the “mommified” role. Then all of a sudden, this part came, and fear would be an understatement. When I saw myself for the first time in the pilot episode, I was mortified. I saw the fake eyelashes and, “Are you kidding me? Who is going to believe this?” And then I thought: “OK, this is your moment to not typecast yourself, to play a woman who is sexualized and do your investigative work to find out who this woman is and put a real woman on TV who’s smack-dab in the midst of this pop fiction.

Maggie on a specific point in her career when she felt the bravest: I had a rape scene in The Honorable Woman where it was clearly written that she’d be saying, “No, no, please, no,” right away. But I wanted her to be complicit and wanting it; the darkest, most painful sex, right up until the point it turned into rape. I wanted her to want something she knew she shouldn’t want. I can sometimes tell when actors fought an ordinary approach to a scene, and I’m so glad they did because it tells a better story.

Lizzy on if it’s tough to do a lot of nudity on Masters of Sex: I was more afraid of doing nudity on [HBO’s] True Blood. It got easier after that, but I’m not ever 100 percent comfortable. There was a scene last season where I take my robe off, I’m naked and then transition into locked-eye [with Michael Sheen’s character], full-on masturbation from beginning to end. We have a female showrunner who considers herself a prude, so the sex scenes always move the story forward. But I remember being in my trailer before that scene and thinking for the first time since the show started: “I really don’t want to go out there and do this.”

Watch the video of the roundtable at HollywoodReporter.com. Pics below!

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Elisabeth Moss & Ruth Wilson Are All Ready for the Tony Awards 2015!

Elisabeth Moss steps out in a floral and fun dress at the 2015 Tony Awards on Sunday evening (June 7) at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

The 32-year-old actress was joined on the red carpet by The Affair‘s Ruth Wilson. Both Elisabeth and Ruth are nominated tonight in the Best Leading Actress in a Play category for their work on Broadway this past season. Best of luck to all of the nominees!

The 2015 Tony Awards will air live from Radio City Music Hall TONIGHT at 8/7c on CBS.

FYI: Elisabeth is wearing Oscar de la Renta. Ruth is wearing Ralph Lauren.

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Mindy Kaling & Freida Pinto Look Like BFFs at Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Mindy Kaling and Freida Pinto are all dolled up while hitting the 2015 Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Liberty State Park on Saturday (May 30) in Jersey City, N.J.

The two ladies were joined by The Affair‘s Ruth Wilson and GirlsAndrew Rannells.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Mindy Kaling

Earlier in the day, Mindy and her close pal B.J. Novak spoke on stage at BookCon.

“Great, just heard BJ is in the McDonalds movie. ‘Cause he’s the one of us WHO IS THE LIFELONG DEVOTEE,” Mindy recently tweeted about B.J.

FYI: Freida is wearing head-to-toe Michael Kors. Ruth is wearing an Armani Exchange top. Mindy is wearing a Shoshanna Sam dress at the Polo Classic event.

10+ pictures inside of Mindy Kaling and Freida Pinto at the Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic… More Here! »

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Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Praise from Ruth Wilson in 'Esquire' UK

Jake Gyllenhaal looks so handsome on the cover of Esquire UK‘s July 2015 issue, on newsstands now.

Here is what the 34-year-old Southpaw actor had to share with the mag:

On his approach to method acting: “Physicality is a way into the mental state of a character, I get off on knowing that my energy has shifted. My technical side is going, ‘Yeah, you’re a bit of a maniac, but you know how to keep it in check’. But it’s not like this huge deal. It’s that Louis CK thing, [about] when people say they’re ‘starving’. Maybe you should rethink that word? You had a meal four hours ago!”

On preferring Brits: “I’m an Anglophile. Pretty much all of my friends are Brits.”

Ruth Wilson on working with Jake on Broadway: “He’s really generous, he cares. Not just about the work, but about people. If I was ill, he’d provide me with pills and recommend a doctor. And he really brings you into his world. He was born into acting and show business, he knows everyone and everything about it. But he includes you. And I want to say, he’s a really great singer. We’d warm up every day, singing on stage and he knows all the lyrics to Drake songs. And Motown and Springsteen. He knows the words to show tunes, too. We went to dinner with my uncle, who puts on musicals at his Norfolk community centre, and he and Jake were singing show tunes to each other in the middle of Balthazar. He really should do a musical.”

For more from Jake, visit Esquire.co.uk!

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Matthew Morrison & Elisabeth Moss Hit Up the Drama League

Matthew Morrison shows off his face full of scruff at the 2015 Drama League Awards and Luncheon at Marriot Marquis Times Square on Friday afternoon (May 15) in New York City.

The 36-year-old Glee actor was joined by Elisabeth Moss, Kristin Chenoweth, Ruth Wilson, Carey Mulligan, and Helen Mirren.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Matthew Morrison

All of the stars were nominated for the Drama League’s Distinguished Performance Award, which went to the legendary Chita Rivera for her work in The Visit. The organization honors just one performer in the theatre community each year!

The night before, former Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford caught his good friend Matthew in a performance of the smash hit Broadway musical Finding Neverland.

FYI: Elisabeth is wearing Brian Atwood shoes.

10+ pictures inside of Matthew Morrison, Elisabeth Moss, and more at the Drama League AwardsMore Here! »

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Jake Gyllenhaal & Ruth Wilson Reportedly Spotted Kissing!

Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson‘s rumored romance is reportedly still going strong as they were spotted kissing this weekend!

The 34-year-old Nightcrawler actor and the 33-year-old The Affair actress attended a Barry’s Bootcamp class together on Saturday (May 9) in New York City’s Noho neighborhood.

After the workout, Jake waited for Ruth to shower and change in the locker room. After she emerged from the room, they shared a “passionate but tasteful kiss” before leaving separately, according to Page Six.

Jake and Ruth starred together on Broadway in the play Constellations earlier this year and rumors were flying that they got romantically involved. Just a few weeks ago though, Jake said he was single during an interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Joshua Jackson & Ruth Wilson Screen 'The Affair' in L.A.

Joshua Jackson is super handsome as he steps out for a screening and panel discussion of his hit show The Affair held at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Wednesday night (May 6) in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The 36-year-old actor was joined by his co-stars Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, and Julia Goldani Telles.

“And while I’m on the Twitter, who the hell is this john jackson that’s squiring around my lady @YahooStyle ?” Josh tweeted that day about his girlfriend Diane Kruger.

FYI: Ruth is wearing a Gabriela Hearst dress. Joshua is wearing Vans California Collection shoes.

20+ pictures inside of Joshua Jackson, Ruth Wilson, and more at the screening.. More Here! »

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