August 18, 2018
Finn Wittrock for The Wrap
Photoshoots Scans

Finn was photographed for The Wrap‘s Emmy issue, and our gallery was updated with portraits and magazine scans.

Finn Wittrock’s friends were confused. They knew he was in the Ryan Murphy miniseries “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” about the trail of dead bodies Andrew Cunanan left across the United States before he finally killed the fashion icon.

But he hadn’t been in the first three episodes of the 10-part limited series — and when he made his appearance in Episode 4, his character, closeted army vet Jeff Trail, was almost immediately beaten to death by Cunanan (Darren Criss).

“My friends were like, ‘You were filming that for so long, and that’s it? You’re dead already?’” Wittrock said. “And I would say, ‘Aren’t you figuring out that it’s working backwards? There’s going to be more — stick with it.’”

“Gianni Versace” did largely tell its story in reverse chronological order, and there was more coming of the relationship between Trail and Cunanan — enough that Wittrock became one of six acting nominees from the limited series. The others: lead actor Criss, supporting actors Edgar Ramírez and Ricky Martin and supporting actresses Judith Light and Penélope Cruz.

The unusual storytelling approach — Wittrock described it as “we’re gonna tell a crazy true story, and we’re gonna tell it backwards and somehow make it feel really current and alive” — created its share of problems for the actors.

“It’s always hard to shoot things out of order,” Wittrock said. “But when you’re shooting things out of order that are already written out of order, just keeping the timeline in your head was a big challenge. Tom Rob Smith, the writer, created an amazing sort of kaleidoscopic structure, but I’d have to go to him and say, ‘Just making sure: Where are we and when are we?’”

The “when are we?” question also resonated in unexpected ways. Jeff Trail was a decorated veteran who stayed in the closet because of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which he spoke out against anonymously. “When I first read the script, I remember thinking, ‘This is kind of a ’90s problem, right? We’re past this,’” Wittrock said.

“And then a few weeks later the transgender ban in the military happened, and suddenly it was a learning experience for me. I thought, ‘Oh, this is not over. This story is even more current than I thought.’”

August 16, 2018
Photos: ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ FYC Event
Gallery The Assassination Of Gianni Versace

Hello, friends! Finn attended a panel to discuss ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ alongside co-stars Edgar Ramirez and Darren Criss, and producers at Emmy’s FYC Event. Our gallery has been updated with high quality images, check it!

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August 16, 2018
SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations
Photos Public Appearances The Assassination Of Gianni Versace

Hello Finn fans! Finn was at SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations to discuss about ‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’ and his role. The full panel will be uploaded on YouTube soon but we already have some photos on our gallery, so feel free to check it.

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August 13, 2018
Photos: HFPA Banquet
Gallery Photos Public Appearances

Finn attended the 2018 Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Grants Banquet on Thursday night (August 9) at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. The event is hosted annually to support members of the film and television community with grants scholarships and fellowships.

He was interviewed at the arrivals, and you can watch the video below:

Check in our gallery pictures of the event:

August 9, 2018
Video: Finn Wittrock on His Second Emmy Nomination & Working With Ryan Murphy
Interviews Video

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed Finn Wittrock about his second Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Jeff Trail in The Assassination of Gianni Versace. Watch bellow the interview:

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“I really wasn’t expecting it,” he told The Hollywood Reporter of his outstanding supporting actor in a limited series nomination for his portrayal of Jeff Trail in The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story. “It came my way, and it was dropped from the heavens.”

He added: “I feel like half of my competition is from the show. I’ll be happy whoever wins.”

Wittrock also spoke about co-star and fellow Emmy nominee Darren Criss, who stepped into the mind of serial killer Andrew Cunanan. “I think seeing him up close and personal, digging into that character was really a cool experience. He’s so great to work with and play with, and he kept things very light off-camera so that he could go to the darkness on camera.”

“He comes from music and theater, and I come from the theater, and I think that kind of loving the process of finding it together is mutually beneficial for us,” he said of his scenes with Criss.

The actor has starred in several seasons of American Horror Story, including Freak Show, which earned him his first Emmy nomination for his role as Dandy Mott. He called working with Ryan Murphy and his team “the best family.”

“Ryan, I think, is incredibly good at continuing to challenge you,” he said. “As soon as you kind of think you’ve nailed one thing, he throws you something that stretches you in a whole different, crazy way. And that’s what, I think, also keeps great actors coming to him, because he knows how to work your acting muscles.”

August 5, 2018
The Assassination of Gianni Versace wins TCA Awards
Awards

The 34th Annual Television Critics Association Awards happened last night during the 2018 Summer TCA Tour and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story won Outstanding Achievement in Movies & Miniseries. The award ceremony was helded in The Beverly Hilton Hotel abd Finn was present alongside his co-stars Darren Criss, Ricky Martin, Édgar Ramírez and producers. Our gallery has been updated with photos from the ceremony.

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