Small Screen Leading Ladies Talk TV Success in The Hollywood Reporter

Posted Wednesday May 29, 2013 4:50 PM GMT

Never those to shy away from the spotlight, Connie Britton, Anna Gunn, Kate Mara, Elisabeth Moss, Monica Potter, and Kerry Washington graced the cover of The Hollywood Reporter's Emmy Roundtable Drama issue.

While enjoying some time away from the set, the leading ladies shared their experiences in Hollywood and how their lives have changed over the years.

Check out GossipCenter's recap of the ladies' interview below. For more, be sure to visit The Hollywood Reporter's!

Monica Potter
On her first television gig:
"I did a Mexican game show. It was called Nubeluz. I had to sing and dance. It was like You Can't Do That on Television, except the FCC wouldn't let us into Mexico because we were holding kids' heads underwater. So it was filmed in Lima, Peru."

Connie Britton
On fearing body image criticism:
"I've never had somebody say to me that I needed to look a certain way for a role, but I've always lived in dread of what that would be like. It's our responsibility to play these full-fledged women, and to play women who look like people we actually see in life. It's more interesting, and I think audiences appreciate it, too."

Anna Gunn
On the best advice she ever received:
"When I was a young actor, somebody said, "If there's anything else you feel you can do, you should do it. It was from another actress, a teacher of mine, and she just meant acting is tough, so if there's anything else that is pulling your heart or your desire, then you should go for that. But if this is in your blood so deeply that you need to do it, then you know that's the thing."

Kate Mara
On her favorite TV series:
"Mine's not as inspirational, but I was really obsessed with My So-Called Life. And it was only on what, like, one season? Which is my dream, because I don't want to have any job commitment, and so that would be perfect!"

Kerry Washington
On struggling with fan drama:
" I come from a family where people really participate in the democratic process. I don't think that being an actor should prevent me from continuing to do the things I do. A lot of people fought for me to have the right as a woman to be able to participate, and as a person of color, and so I don't want my acting to get in the way of that. I do it as an American. And blowback? Absolutely. After I spoke at the Democratic National Convention -- our show has a very active life on Twitter and Facebook -- I couldn't go near any of it because there were threats to my life, sexism and racism. It was shocking that me speaking at a convention incited all this anger. Thank God for block on Twitter!"

Elisabeth Moss
On the worst comments she's ever received:
"The backhanded compliments. 'You look skinnier or younger in real life.' And it's like, 'You know that's not a compliment, right?' People always say to me, 'You're so short. Like, really small, really short.'"

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