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It's a wrap! Filming for the "Friends" reunion special has completed

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We are officially one step closer to that highly anticipated Friends reunion special. The show itself confirmed on Instagram over the weekend that they have just concluded filming.

Sharing a photo of the official Friends: The Reunion logo flashing on a big screen surrounded by lights and sound equipment, the social media account touted, "That’s a wrap!"

Referencing the catchphrase made famous by Matthew Perry's Chandler, the Friends account continued, "Could we BE anymore excited!?"

The reunion special is slated to premiere later this year on the streaming service HBO Max.

As previously reported, the Friends reunion special will not be a continuation of the series but serve more as a celebration of the sitcom's lasting legacy.

Friends, which ran between 1994 and 2004 starred Perry, David Schwimmer, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Matt LeBlanc.

The actors will appear as themselves and reflect on their characters Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler, and Joey -- but, as Schwimmer previously spilled on The Graham Norton Show last week, there will be "one section... where we all read something."

An air date for the upcoming special has yet to be announced.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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73rd Annual Directors Guild of America Awards winners list

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Nomadland director Chloé Zhao took home the top prize at the 73rd annual Directors Guild of America Awards presented virtually on Sunday.

The Chinese filmmaker is only the second woman, and the first woman of color, to earn the top DGA Award, following Kathryn Bigelow's win for 2009’s The Hurt Locker.

Sound of Metal director Darius Marder also earned praise for his first-time feature film.

On the TV side, Susanna Fogel grabbed TV comedy honors for directing the debut episode of HBO Max’s The Flight Attendant.  Lesli Linka Glatter won the TV drama award for the final season of Showtime’s Homeland.

Here's the complete list of winners:

Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Feature Film for 2020:
Chloé Zhao/Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director:
Darius Marder/Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series
Lesli Linka Glatter/Homeland, “Prisoners of War” (Showtime)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Series
Susanna Fogel/The Flight Attendant, “In Case of Emergency” (HBO Max)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Limited Series
Scott Frank/The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Regularly Scheduled Programming
Don Roy King/Saturday Night Live, “Dave Chappelle; Foo Fighters”

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Variety/Talk/News/Sports – Specials
Thomas Schlamme/A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote (HBO Max)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs
Joseph Guidry/Full Bloom, "Petal to the Metal” (HBO Max)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Children's Programs
Amy Schatz/We Are the Dream: The Kids of the Oakland MLK Oratorical Fest (HBO)

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials
Melina Matsoukas (Prettybird)/You Love Me, Beats by Dr. Dre ? Translation

Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary
Michael Dweck & Gregory Kershaw/The Truffle Hunters (Sony Pictures Classics)

 

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"SNL" cold open tackles the Derek Chauvin trial

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Saturday Night Live aimed this weekend's opening sketch at testimony from forensics experts at the trial of Derek Chauvin, the ex-Minneapolis Police officer accused of killing George Floyd after kneeling on his neck while in custody.

SNL's Ego NwodimKenan ThompsonKate McKinnon and Alex Moffat played the anchors on the fictitious news show, "Eye on Minnesota,” who, while in agreement about the strength of the evidence against Chauvin, differed on whether it would result in a guilty verdict.

“The defense trying to make a case that George Floyd’s drug use was somehow responsible is just deplorable,” Nwodim’s character said.

While discussing the defense's claim that drugs were somehow responsible for Floyd's death, McKinnon's character declared there was "no way the jury’s going to fall for that,” to which Black cast members Thompson and Nwodim shot back, “Let’s just say, we’ve seen this movie before.”

When McKinnon’s character pointed out that “historically” police officers involved in similar cases have “gotten away with it,” Nwodim’s character replied, “She means every single time.”

Chris Redd also appeared in the sketch as the show’s weatherman, who became an unwilling participant in the conversation.

“I don’t want to be fired, but obviously it’s an open-and-shut case,” he said.  “That being said, he’s a white cop in Minnesota, so I’m going to guess probation with pay, tops.”

Promising Young Woman star Carey Mulligan hosted Saturday's show, with musical guest Kid Cudi.

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"American Idol" recap: Say hello to the Top 16

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And then there were 16. 

After revealing the results of America's votes, American Idol said goodbye to eight talented singers on Sunday night's episode.

The remaining contestants, which make up the Top 16, went on to give a performance -- but they aren't safe for long. America is tasked, again, with voting for their favorites in hopes that they will make it through to the next round and the Top 10, which will be revealed during Monday's show.

In addition to the Top 10 that the nation will chose, judges Katy PerryLionel Richie, and Luke Bryan, will also choose two contestants to move forward in the competition, bringing the total to 12. 

Here's who made it into the Top 16. 

Alyssa Wray 
Roberta Flack "Killing Me Softly With His Song"

Graham DeFranco
Frank Sinatra "That's Life"

Grace Kinstler
Sia "Elastic Heart"

Alanis Sophia
Brandi Carlile "The Story"

Willie Spence
Adele "Set Fire To The Rain"

Deshawn Goncalves
Nina Simone "Feeling Good"

Wyatt Pike
Kings of Leon "Use Somebody"

Cassandra Coleman
Chris Isaak "Wicked Game" 

Caleb Kennedy
Chris Stapleton "Midnight Train To Memphis"

Colin Jamieson
Tears For Fears "Everyone Wants To Rule The World" 

Casey Bishop
Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun"

Madison Watkins
Sara Bareilles "Gravity"

Beane
Thirdstory "Searching For A Feeling"

Hunter Metts
Bon Iver "Skinny Love"

Ava August
Anne-Marie "2002"

Chayce Beckham
Bob Marley and The Wailers "Waiting In Vain"

Eliminated: Alana, Anilee List, Andrea Valles, Cecil Ray, Hannah Everhart, Jason Warrior, Liahona and Mary Jo Young

American Idol returns Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge signs on to 'Indiana Jones 5'

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Fleabag's Emmy-winning creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has signed on to the upcoming fifth Indiana Jones adventure. 

The actress will co-star with Harrison Ford for director James Mangold's take on the dashing archaeologist, production of which has begun to spin up. 

Plot details are still hush-hush, but what is known is the fifth Indy movie is set to bow on July 29, 2022.

Incidentally, while the British actress and Killing Eve co-producer has never worked with Ford, she starred as the Millennium Falcon's sassy droid co-pilot L3-37 in Solo, which was about the early days of Ford's iconic Star Wars character.

Both projects were produced by Lucasfilm, which is owned by ABC News' parent company Disney. 

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Prince Philip memorialized by Netflix and 'The Crown'

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Netflix, which brought the drama of Britain's Royal Family to millions of people with its Emmy-winning hit The Crown, is mourning the death of Prince Philip, who died at age 99. Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies, who both portrayed the Duke of Edinburgh at different points in his life on the show, have also sounded off. 

In a statement to Newsweek, Menzies wrote: "If I know anything about the Duke of Edinburgh I'm fairly sure he wouldn't want an actor who has portrayed him on television giving their opinion on his life, so I'll leave it to Shakespeare." Menzies then quoted The Bard's As You Like It: "O good old man! How well in thee appears
The constant service of the antique world..." concluding it with "Rest in Peace."

A representative for Smith expressed his condolences to Queen Elizabeth II to the U.K.'s Express, adding, "Prince Philip was the man. And he knew it." The statement concluded, "Thank you for your service old chap -- it won’t be the same without you."

Netflix released a statement as well, noting, "Netflix, Left Bank Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, and the production team on The Crown are deeply saddened to hear of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the entire Royal Family at this sad time."

Jonathan Pryce will be the next actor to portray the late Prince Philip as The Crown continues. 

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Hip-hop artists and celebrities react to the death of Ruff Ryders legend DMX

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The world is left mourning yet another great loss to the hip-hop community Friday. Rapper and actor DMX has died at age 50 after being hospitalized for a heart attack.

Following news of his passing, celebrities in the realms of music and entertainment took to social media to pay tribute to the hip-hop legend. 

In a statement obtained by ABC News, rapper Chingy described DMX as"a true legend to the hip-hop community" and explained how he inspired one of his biggest hits.

"I was individually inspired by him from his unique style. I remember touring and being on a lot of shows with him. "One day I was coming out of my hotel and DMX saw me and asked, 'Was his child’s mother pulling me back?'" says Chingy.

"'Pulling Me Back' was my latest record at that time for the ladies...He always showed me love and we always talked when we ran into each other," he continues. "I’m saddened to hear about his passing and he will forever be missed by me and the hip-hop community for his legacy."

Here's what others had to say about DMX and his legacy:

Swizz Beatz"I'm truly beyond devastated! But I'm so happy my brother is no longer in pain. I watched him take everyone's pain and make it his own. I send my love and support to his entire family. My brother we will never let them forget your name and you will lie forever. F.A.M.E. Long live King DMX The Great aka my brother for life. Earl Simmons."

Chance The Rapper: "Rest in Heaven DMX."

Viola Davis: "RIP DMX. I pray for the comfort of your children and loved ones."

Jeezy: "Damn X."

Nas: "God's Poet. I Love you."

DJ Khaled: "Bless up the icon DMX."

Shaggy: "R.I.P. to the G.O.A.T. @DMX. Rest well my brother! Condolences to the family."

Gabrielle Union"No words right now. Nothing but fierce love, prayers and protection for X's family, friends and fans. This loss is devastating. #RIPDMX."

Eve: #mydog I know that you are in the place of peace you deserve. I will be forever grateful to have known you. You are one of the most special people I have ever met. Full of humor, Talan, wisdom, and love and most of all loyalty. This world has lost a real one but the heavens have gained an angel. May you rest." 

Fat Joe: "The DOG. I tired to downplay it and remain positive. We've been in this fame for a while. you've always wore your heard on your sleeve, it hasn't been an easy journey for you but that's what makes you X. We love you my brother. I'm so sorry for the family's lost. This is one of the most saddest days in hip hip. God bless you X, your music will live forever and we'll never forget you or the impact you've had in the game. New York, 'let's stand...up for DMX."

Kehlani: "Too young, too early, Leaving endless trails of inspiration behind him. Rest easy legend."

Missy Elliot: "Even though you had battles you TOUCHED so many through your MUSIC and when you would PRAY so many people FELT THAT! This is heavy for the HipHop family but your LEGACY LIVES ON & your SPIRIT. Continued Prayers for X family & friends for STRENGTH/HEALING."

Sharing Instagram footage from their record-breaking Verzuz battle last July, Snoop Doggwrote, "Love You brother. See you when I get there."

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'Top Gun: Maverick' waives off July 4th landing; new opening bumps 'Mission: Impossible 7' to 2022

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After buzzing the July 4 tower, Pete "Maverick" Mitchell has done another of his patented fly-bys: ABC Audio has confirmed that Top Gun: Maverick is now landing on November 22. 

This will be the fourth release date for the Tom Cruise sequel. It was initially supposed to come out July 12, 2019, but was bumped to December 2020 in a vain effort to outrun the pandemic, and then again moved to its July date.

The new November 22 date bumps another Tom Cruise movie, Mission: Impossible 7, to May 22 of 2022.

The shifting of the Paramount Pictures tentpole films rippled through the studio's release schedule, leading to the following changes: 

  • The G.I. Joe spin-off Snake Eyes has been moved from October 22, 2021 to July 23, 2021.
  • Jackass 4 has been moved from September 3 to October 22, 2021'
  • The untitled Bee Gees movie will open November 4
  • Dungeons & Dragons has been moved from May 27, 2022 to March 3, 2023
  • The next Star Trek movie will open June 9, 2023

 

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Justin Timberlake to star as game show host Chuck Barris in new Apple TV+ series

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Justin Timberlake has lined up his next acting gig for Apple TV+.

Deadline reports the 40-year-old singer/actor has been tapped to play Gong Show host Chuck Barris for an as-yet-untitled hour-long drama series.

The show will be based on Barris’ 1984 memoir Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, in which he claimed his job as a game show creator and host in the ‘60s and ‘70s was just a front for his real job as a CIA assassin. Barris created such game show classics as The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game.

The book was previously made into a 2002 film of the same name that was directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell as Barris.

Justin’s new role comes on the heels of his other Apple TV+ project, the film Palmer, which was released in January.

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Assemble! Disney announces its Avengers Campus attraction will launch at Disneyland on June 4

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After its opening was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney has announced that on June 4, its anticipated Avengers Campus will finally open at Disney's California Adventure park at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.

The park itself will fully re-open, only for California residents at first, on April 30. However, California Governor Gavin Newsom recently announced that the Golden State will be fully open for business on June 15, including theme parks.

The Avengers campus will be a must-see for die-hard Marvel movie fans, complete with movie accurate re-creations of locations as seen in Doctor Strange and other films, as well as the interactive attraction WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man AdventureTom Holland -- Spider-Man himself -- was tapped to help bring the 3-D experience to life. 

"What Walt Disney Imagineers have created is pretty spectacular," Holland previously explained to Good Morning America. "When I first joined [the MCU] playing Spider-Man, I went to [the] Avengers headquarters [set] and it was just a bunch of green screens. So the fact that there will be a legit place where people can...visit is pretty awesome."

The campus will also feature never-before seen tech that was co-created with the engineering wizardry of the late Grant Imahara. The Mythbusters veteran, who died unexpectedly last summer, helped design bleeding-edge-tech acrobatic robot "stuntmen" that will be dressed as Spidey, and swing and tumble over the heads of park visitors.

The Avengers Campus will also provide a perfect backdrop for the Guardians of the Galaxy -- Mission: BREAKOUT attraction, which was an overhaul of Disneyland's existing "Tower of Terror" ride at the California park.

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"I'm OK with it": 'Mom' star Allison Janney explains why she was never a mom in real life

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While her character in the CBS sitcom Mom isn't the ideal mother to say the least, Allison Janney is just fine only playing a mom on TV. 

In a chat on Drew Barrymore's talk show, the 61-year-old, six-time Emmy winner explained she's "OK with" her decision not to have children. 

"I think if I would have found the right guy at the right time who wanted to have kids, I probably would have with the right partner, because I wasn’t ever really confident that I wanted to have kids," the actress explained.

"I would rather regret not having kids than have kids and regret that," Janney admitted. "I'm OK with it."

The I, Tonya Oscar nominee never married, either -- though was engaged for two years to her former Our Very Own co-star Richard Jenik, before they split in 2006.

The currently single star told Drew that she's been "virtually dating" of late, but if nothing pans out, that's OK, too. "[A]t this time in my life [I'm] getting to know who I am and what I want," the actress says. "I’d love to eventually find someone to share my life with, but if it doesn’t happen, I'll be just fine."

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Legendary rapper and Ruff Ryder alum DMX dies at age 50

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DMX has died at age 50 after suffering a heart attack. His family, who was by his side when he passed, confirmed the news in a statement.

The rapper, born Earl Simmons, had been hospitalized in White Plains, New York in "grave condition," his attorney Murray Richman confirmed to ABC New York affiliate WABC-TV on April 3. He was placed on life support and never recovered.

"Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end," the family said in a statement. "He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him. Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time."

The family asked for privacy at they "grieve the loss of our brother, father, uncle and the man the world knew as DMX," adding that information about his memorial service will be announced once details are finalized.

DMX had battled substance abuse and legal troubles over the years and spent multiple stints in rehab. He last completed a stay in rehab in 2019, after serving a 12-month sentence for tax evasion.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, and raised in Yonkers, New York, DMX spent the early years of his childhood in and out of juvenile detention centers and group homes. While he maintained a close relationship with his grandmother and other family members, music was his escape from the troubles of his thoughts and his environment.

The Ruff Ryders emcee launched his career in the ‘90s, releasing his debut album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, in 1998 which featured the hit song "Ruff Ryder's Anthem." As a Def Jam signee, he was a crucial member of the Ruff Ryders Dynasty, which birthed trailblazing artists such as Swizz Beatz, Eve, The Lox, and more.

A year later in 1999, X released his best-selling album, ... And Then There Was X, featuring the hit single "Party Up (Up in Here)." The triple-platinum album received two Grammy nominations for Best Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Album. X's third Grammy nomination came from his 2001 single, "Who We Be." 

Other notable singles include "Stop Being Greedy," "X Gon' Give It to Ya," "What's My Name," and "What They Really Want" featuring Sisqo.
 
X released seven albums over the course of his career, including Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, and four others that topped the Billboard 200 Albums chart. He's also worked with a number of artists including Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, LL Cool J, Method Man, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Faith Evans, and more.

On the acting side, X appeared in numerous films including Belly, Exit WoundsRomeo Must Die, Cradle 2 the Grave, and Last Hour

In July 2020, he faced off with Snoop Dogg in a Verzuz battle, breaking the all-time Apple Music live stream record with over 600,000 concurrent viewers.

A month later, he revealed he was working on a new studio album to follow up the release of 2015's Redemption Of The Beast under Seven Arts Entertainment. During an episode of N.O.R.E's Drink Champs podcast last February, X stated the project would feature current and past generations of artists including Benny The Butcher, Conway the Machine, Usher, Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne, U2'sBono, and a posthumous track with the late Pop Smoke.

DMX is remembered by his 15 children and his fiancé Desiree Lindstrom, the mother of his five-year-old son, Exodus.

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Kevin Bacon hilariously reveals why he had to return wife Kyra Sedgwick's engagement ring

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Kevin Bacon has enjoyed 32 blissful years of married life to actress Kyra Sedgwick, but the Footloose star reveals that he made a major error when popping the question.

Appearing recently on The Kelly Clarkson Show, the 62-year-old actor confessed that he didn't seek a second opinion when picking out the engagement ring, which led to an awkward Christmas Eve proposal.

"I really, really didn't want anybody else to know [that I was proposing,]" Bacon admitted, saying he regrets not consulting any friends or family members about the ring because, "I'm really not, like, a jewelry guy... I'm just not good at picking something like that out."

Sedgwick, now 52, apparently hated the ring he stuffed into her stocking, but didn't make her feelings about it known until three months later.

"We’re lying in bed and she wakes up in the middle of the night, and she’s crying and she’s crying, and she can’t even say what’s going on," the Golden Globe winner recalled.  "I thought she was breaking up with me!"

Thankfully, that wasn't the case, but it wasn't easy to hear his future bride admit, "I don't like the ring!"

"I talked her off the ledge after that," Bacon joked, adding he promised he would "take it back."

"She felt so terrible," he added, saying he assured Sedgwick by claiming he didn't care about the ring but appreciated her honesty.

The couple wed in 1988 and share two children together; Sosie Bacon, 29, and Travis Bacon, 31.

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Gwyneth Paltrow shares rare photos of Moses to wish him a happy 15th birthday

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"Holy Moses," is right -- Gwyneth Paltrow is having a hard time accepting that her youngest child is 15-years-old.

Taking to Instagram on Thursday, the Oscar winner doted on Moses to celebrate his latest birthday milestone.

"Holy Moses I can’t believe you are 15 today," Paltrow gushed while sharing two photos of her son. "You are the dreamiest, sweetest, most brilliant guy ever. I love you so much, you can’t fathom it."

The first photo is a closeup of Moses' face and messy hair while the second shows the teen doing a kickflip on a skateboard.

"Happy birthday you little shredder," the proud mom concluded.

Several of Paltrow's famous friends flooded Moses with birthday wishes of their own, such as Reese Witherspoon sweetly remarking, "Happy 15th Moses!"

Paltrow shares Moses and daughter Apple -- who turns 17 in May -- with ex-husband, Chris Martin.

The Iron Man star has since remarried director Brad Falchuk

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'Them' cast discusses the real-life trauma they faced making the terror-anthology series

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Little Marvin's Amazon terror-anthology series Them brings to life a supernatural drama which seemingly takes a page out of history.

Set in the 1950s, the series follows the Emory family as they move into an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. However, after moving in, the family becomes the target of racist neighbors and a malevolent entity that haunts their home.

Ashley Thomas, who plays patriarch Henry Emory, tells ABC Audio that the series was very "triggering." 

"It really affected me on some days," he reveals. "It was really overwhelming to know that our people were going through these things just because of the color of their skin."

Noting the Great Migration of Black Americans who left their homes in the South for a better life in the West, Thomas says learning that some ended up in a more "hostile environment... weighed on [him] throughout the whole project."

Deborah Ayorinde, who plays Henry's wife Lucky agrees, adding she even sought "therapy" to make sure she "healed properly."

"I had to make sure that I sat with someone to unpack all of this stuff...," she says.

Ten-year-old Melody Hurd, who plays Gracie Emory, says the series was especially challenging for her because of racism. 

"There was people being racist and it's really hard for me because I've never been through something like that," she says. 

Hurd's on-screen sister Ruby, played by Shahadi Wright Joseph, says her experience was very "similar" in that she "never experienced that type of blatant racism before."

"It isn't real, but sometimes your mind can't separate yourself from the character," she explains. "So it can be tough at times... [That's why] it's really good to have a mental health routine for these kinds of scenes -- because it's very heavy."

Them is now available on Amazon.

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