Bassett, who starred in four seasons on “American Horror Story,” stars as Detective Athena Grant on the procedural, and as noted by the New York Post, she deals with a wide variety of emergencies on the show.
The website for “9-1-1″ says the series is based on “the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers,” but Bassett’s character was created just for the show. Murphy told the New York Post that the cases depicted on the show come from actual 9-1-1 calls, but that he chose Bassett as the main character because of her acting skills, per Bustle.
“I like her when she’s emotional and I love it when she takes charge. Putting her in a family drama along with a workplace drama merges those two things into one superstar package,” Murphy said.
Bassett, who is married to Courtney B. Vance Jr., spoke to The Post about her new role playing a bad ass cop.
Peep the excerpts below.
How does it feel to wear a cop uniform?
The guns and belts are extremely heavy and awkward. The polyester tailored shirt is tucked in a little bit, which makes it a little more constricting. It may be a cop uniform, but it’s a Ryan Murphy show so it looks good.
One of the shocks of the first episode was the scene where Athena’s husband, Michael (Rockmond Dunbar), came out to their two children. Did you know Rockmond Dunbar?
I knew his work. I haven’t seen that sort of issue addressed, about coming out and wanting a traditional family. It’s really complicated, messy, exciting and different.
Did you know anyone in the cast before you started filming?
The only one that I met was Aisha Hinds (who plays police officer Henrietta Wilson) when I did an episode of “Underground.” I met her at the premiere of that show. I’d never met Peter (Krause, who plays firefighter Bobby Nash) or Connie [(Britton, who plays emergency operator Abby Clark).
Can you remember your reaction when you read that Desiree on “American Horror Story” was going to have a third breast?
I threw the script down and walked away. I needed to process it because I’d already signed on (to do the show). And then I laughed. And we had to make them every day. They had three guys putting these breasts on me every day. There was nothing like the day I was dancing with the three tassels. The entire crew at the end burst into applause.
“9-1-1” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.
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