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Hayley Atwell empowers herself and others through letter writing

Hayley visited Studio q last week to discuss Conviction. A small article is posted below, but be sure to visit the official site to view/listen to Hayley’s radio interview!

At the age of 8, Hayley Atwell wrote a number of letters to her future self. On her 21st birthday, she opened one of them and it read: “If there’s any aspect of your life that you’re unhappy with, know that you have the power to change it.”

“It was all quite empowering!” Atwell says now, almost stunned by how wise her younger self was.

That type of acumen has served her well in the years since: the British actress has spent the past decade building up an impressive list of credits in films and TV shows such as Agent Carter, the Captain America movies, Ant-Man and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Now, she is taking some time away from the Marvel universe to tackle a new project, Conviction. Here, Atwell plays a more complicated character named Hayes Morrison, a former First Daughter who is blackmailed into joining a law firm. “This is a great exploration of someone who could be easily misunderstood,” she explains.

As much as those handwritten letters have helped motivate her, Atwell has a knack for writing letters to other people as well. If she’s a fan of someone’s work, she is bound to send that person a letter. (An example she gives is Canadian director Sarah Polley whom she felt compelled to reach out to after watching the 2012 documentary Stories We Tell.)

“If young actors or anyone in the creative field is inspired, truly at their core, by a piece of work that someone has done, it’s a really wonderful thing to reach out,” she argues. “When I meet actors who are genuinely moved by something I’ve done, it’s wonderful — you feel like you’re contributing to the community of the art world.”

Atwell, now 34, admits that her eight-year-old self has one more letter for her for when she turns 40 but she’s unsure if she’ll open it just yet. But one can only assume there’s much more wisdom to be discovered in them.

November 2nd, 2016
Angie

‘Conviction’ 1×06 Press Release

“#StayWoke” – The accidental death of a young African American boy, shot by a cop, sparks a racial firestorm and inspires Hayes to re-examine the controversial case of Porscha Williams. Williams, a devoted African-American civil-rights activist and leader, is serving time for killing a white female cop at a race equality rally five years ago. Conflict erupts among the CIU team when personal experiences shape their differing perspectives of the Black Lives Matter movement. Meanwhile, Maxine finds herself torn between her racial identity and her chosen profession, as she follows the case to its shocking conclusion, on “Conviction,” MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

“Conviction” stars Hayley Atwell as Hayes Morrison, Eddie Cahill as Conner Wallace, Shawn Ashmore as Sam Spencer, Merrin Dungey as Maxine Bohen, Emily Kinney as Tess Larson, Manny Montana as Franklin “Frankie” Cruz and Daniel Franzese as Jackson Morrison.

Guest starring are Alex Mallari Jr. as Matty Tan, Nigel Gibbs as John Bohen, Susan Heyward as Porscha Williams, Ilfenesh Hadera as Naomi Golden, and Nicholas J. Coleman as Officer Daniel Blake.

“#StayWoke” was written by Lynne E. Litt & Jewel McPherson and directed by Christine Moore.

Source: ABC

November 2nd, 2016
Angie

‘Conviction’ 1×05 Press Release & Stills

HQ production stills were added last week, but I didn’t get around to updating the main site. HQ captures from episode 4 to be added soon!

ALL OF HAYES’ PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS TAKE A COMPLICATED TURN WHILE MONEY MAY BE THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL IN THE CIU’S NEXT CASE, ON ABC’S ‘CONVICTION’

Bess Armstrong Guest Stars as Harper Morrison

“The 1% Solution” – Hayes launches into damage-control mode following her controversial nationally televised interview, seeking to limit the repercussions within her family and to her mother’s Senate campaign. Meanwhile, the CIU takes on the case of a young man from the wrong side of the tracks, convicted for killing a wealthy woman whose privileged family took him in and treated him as one of their own. And Hayes’ relationship with her family isn’t the only tricky situation when she learns Wallace has hired a surprising person from her past to represent him in a high-stakes government investigation into his work as D.A., on “Conviction,” MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

“Conviction” stars Hayley Atwell as Hayes Morrison, Eddie Cahill as Conner Wallace, Shawn Ashmore as Sam Spencer, Merrin Dungey as Maxine Bohen, Emily Kinney as Tess Larson, Manny Montana as Franklin “Frankie” Cruz and Daniel Franzese as Jackson Morrison.

Guest starring are Bess Armstrong as Harper Morrison, Ian Paola as Rey, Grayson DeJesus as Will Jarrett, Kelly Aucoin as David Porter and Thomas E. Sullivan as Sean Porter.

“The 1% Solution” was written by Steve Lichtman and directed by Scott Hornbacher.

Source: ABC

November 2nd, 2016
Angie

(Photos) ‘Conviction’ 1×02 & 1×03 Captures

Hope everyone is enjoying Hayley’s new series! HQ captures from episode 2 & 3 of Conviction have now been added to the gallery. Enjoy!

October 20th, 2016
Angie

‘Conviction’ 1×04 Press Release

A MOTHER’S LOVE FOR HER AUTISTIC SON PROPELS THE CIU’S NEXT CASE, WHILE HAYES IS UNCEREMONIOUSLY THRUST BACK INTO THE SPOTLIGHT, ON ABC’S ‘CONVICTION’

Teri Polo and ABC News’ Dan Harris Guest Star

“Mother’s Little Burden”– Hayes’ recent transgressions spark a media firestorm. Meanwhile, she and the team tackle the highly sensitive case of a mother, Penny, convicted for the death of her autistic son. The state’s most compelling evidence originated from Penny’s own video blog, expressing her frustrations and fears about her violent son. While the CIU team tracks multiple leads, Hayes must do damage control in an attempt to save her job, which results in a primetime interview. The outcome of both the interview and the case have shocking endings with lasting repercussions, on “Conviction,” MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

Source: ABC

October 17th, 2016
Angie

(Photos) ‘Conviction’ 1×04 Stills

HQ stills from episode 4 of Conviction have been added to the gallery. Enjoy!

October 17th, 2016
Angie

‘Conviction’ 1×03 Press Release

A MOSQUE BOMBING SPARKS A CIU INVESTIGATION AND RAISES COMPLEX QUESTIONS ABOUT RACISM, ON ABC’S ‘CONVICTION,’ OCTOBER 17

“Dropping Bombs” – While the CIU team vociferously disagrees among themselves whether the “bad guys” also deserve justice, they work to exonerate a political activist with questionable views. He is serving a life sentence for planting a bomb at a mosque that killed a prominent Imam and three worshippers. The re-examination of the case calls into question the NYPD’s role which puts Hayes in Wallace’s crosshairs. After a rigorous analysis of the evidence, the stunning conclusion to the case leaves one member of the team strongly dissatisfied with the outcome. Meanwhile, just as Hayes and Wallace seem to be getting cozy, they discover that their worst nightmare has been realized, on “Conviction,” MONDAY, OCTOBER 17 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

Source: ABC

October 17th, 2016
Angie

(Photos) ‘Conviction’ Pilot Captures

Apologies for the delay, but over 800 HQ captures from the pilot episode of Conviction have now been added to the gallery. Enjoy!

October 17th, 2016
Angie

(Photos) ‘Conviction’ 1×02 Stills

HQ stills for episode 2 of Hayley’s upcoming show, Conviction, have been released. Enjoy!

September 28th, 2016
Angie

‘Conviction’ 1×02 Press Release

“Bridge and Tunnelvision” – Hayes confronts Wallace head-on, investigating the case that made his career ten years ago: the Prospect 3. Three young white men confessed to the rape and robbery of a young black woman. Hayes hopes to catch Wallace off guard with the team’s investigation, but the complex case serves up a major surprise. When the young woman’s character takes a hit in the press during the investigation, she is victimized for a second time, which Hayes takes personally, on “Conviction,” MONDAY, OCTOBER 10 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

“Conviction” stars Hayley Atwell as Hayes Morrison, Eddie Cahill as Conner Wallace, Shawn Ashmore as Sam Spencer, Merrin Dungey as Maxine Bohen, Emily Kinney as Tess Larson, Manny Montana as Franklin “Frankie” Cruz and Daniel Franzese as Jackson Morrison.

Guest starring are Bess Armstrong as Harper Morrison, Cassandra Freeman as Zadie Daniels, Carl Lundstredt as Mike Kurzman, Stephen Scott Scarpula as Brian McKinney, Kaleb Horn as Seamus Gadsen, Fred Weller as Lewis Anderson, Sarah Allen as Lisa Crozier, Alex Mallari Jr. as Matty Tan and Ian Paola as Rey Armas.

The story for “Bridge and Tunnelvision” was written by Liz Friedman & Liz Friedlander with a teleplay by Liz Friedman and directed by Rob Seidenglanz.

Source: ABC

September 28th, 2016
Angie

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