After binge watching Netflix’s new show The Politician from producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk feels fresh, something other Murphy/Falchuk productions (POSE not withstanding) seemed to be getting formulaic. And it’s not that The Politician doesn’t toy with some of their favorite tropes (singing, weird lighting) and the cast is fabulous with Gwyneth Paltrow is wonderfully resplendent as the mother of lead character Payton Hobart, but the character and visage that literally haunts the show (he appears as a ghost throughout most of the series) is actor David Corenswet as River, Payton’s boyfriend/political rival and Mandarin tutor.
We wanna gush over Corenswet.
Thankfully, Oprah Magazine already has: “Corenswet’s refreshingly cerebral River helps Payton battle his inner demons. That initially drew me into the character, but if I’m being totally honest, his appearance didn’t hurt. Roughly four minutes into the show, River appears alongside his girlfriend, Astrid (Lucy Boynton). (Yes, River dates Astrid and also has a deep connection with Payton. And yes, many of the characters in The Politician freely explore their sexuality and gender identities in a way that doesn’t feel forced.) In that scene, I thought, Who is this guy, and why have I never seen him on screen before?”
You have and O breaks it down, but the dreamy Corenswet is definitely our #MCM for the last day of September in 2019..
Corenswet hopes The Politician brings some levity to your day.
At a press junket at New York City’s Crosby Hotel in September, Corenswet told OprahMag.com that while he fell into his role quickly, he did meet some hurdles. “When I read the script, I knew that I didn’t get it. I read it and thought, ‘This is really funny, but I don’t know how it’s funny,’ which turned out to be great ‘cause I don’t have to be very funny in it. Everybody else gets to be funny,” he said. “It all seemed to fall into place when we were on set. Once you saw the costumes and the sets, there were so many jokes that only came up once we saw, for example, that there was a giant polar bear in the corner—great visual jokes.”
Corenswet said he hopes fans can feel a little lighter about life after watching the show.
“It’s hard to say that I hope people take themselves less seriously, because there are really serious issues we address and they’re important, but at the same time it can be exhausting to be in a situation where everything feels like life or death,” he said. “So to just enjoy a moment to stop and laugh at some ridiculousness and carry on the good fight—that’s my hope.”
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