Pose star Billy Porter has opened up how his approach to portraying character Pray Tell evolved during filming.
While appearing on an episode of Collider Connected, the actor revealed that when he first started working on the 1980s-set ball culture drama, he convinced himself that he needed to tone his performance down through fear of disappointing the show's bosses.
"When I booked the gig, I started shooting it and [felt] the unconscious restriction of, 'You're too big, you're too flamboyant, you're too much, pull it back, we can't have that,'" he explained.
"Whatever it is, I started doing my television version of what I thought was acceptable for Pray Tell. 'Well, I'm on television so I'm gonna make it smaller. It's gonna be more intimate. You know, that's what they want.
"'That's what the TV people want so I'm not gonna ruin this job. I wanna keep this job and I'm not gonna be too much.'"
Later, Porter went on to recall how showrunner Ryan Murphy, who had previously worked with him on American Horror Story, noticed that he was deliberately dulling himself and pulled him to one side and encouraged him not to.
"He comes into the room, comes up on set and he's like, 'I need all of you. Don't worry about being too big, don't worry about being too much. I'll take care of that. Do all of it. All of it,'" he remembered.
"I'm like, 'You're sure? 'Cause once you unleash the kraken, she ain't going back.' He's like, 'Please unleash the kraken and let's get moving.'"
And we're sure glad he did.
Pose seasons 1 and 2 are available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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