Ryan Murphy: "I'm Only Interested In Doing Stuff That Scares Me" | 'Feud' | 'American Horror Story' | Drama Showrunner Roundtable
"What I've learned to do is to have a group of three or four really strong collaborators who can help me, who also have the same dream," 'Feud' creator Ryan Murphy told THR.
"When I started, you couldn't do anything. A gay person trying to write a gay character in 1998 — it was so difficult," Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter during the Drama Showrunner Roundtable. "There has been a generational shift in people coming up who are more socially [conscious], liberal, more interested in leaning into that. There's an enlightenment going on in every arena of television now."
Despite being a successful and prolific showrunner (Feud, American Horror Story, Glee) Murphy admitted he still gets afraid before tackling a new project. "One thing I always do is just tell actors that I'm as afraid as they are, because I can sense that and I feel it, too. I did that with Susan [Sarandon] when we were shooting Feud."
"She was signed on, but I constantly thought she was going to bail. I finally got her to admit that she was afraid of tackling it, and I said, 'Well, I'm afraid, too.' And from that came a communication of, 'OK, how can we make this better for you and a safer space?' And that's just what I try and do. And I am now at a point where I'm only interested in doing stuff that scares me because that's where the goodness comes from."
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