It's been two years since the season finale of The Newsroom, but we still mourn the loss. Aaron Sorkin's HBO political drama, which starred Emily Mortimer as a fiery producer and Jeff Daniels as an anchor, followed behind-the-scenes happenings at a fictional cable news station and touched on real-life news events, including the Boston Marathon bombings and the assassination of Osama bin Laden. So when we recently spoke with Mortimer for InStyle's September issue, we reminisced about the show and its pertinence today.
"As an audience member, I would want to know what Aaron has to say about what's going on in the world right now," she said, on a recent morning at our photo shoot by a lake in South Salem, N.Y. "That's what was so brilliant about having him write that show—it was an incredible service to have someone interpret the very recent history of this country for us, and remind us of it in a way that gives you such a perspective on where we are in the world."
We were initially supposed to speak with Mortimer in London—the same weekend British citizens voted to exit the European Union—before her schedule suddenly changed. "It's so easy to live your life without stopping to look at what's going on, and then something like Brexit happens and you think, Oh my god. It's this moment in time where you suddenly get a sense of perspective of what's happening in the world and how it's all linked up. But it takes something huge like that to happen to stop living your life and become engaged. I miss it [The Newsroom] as a viewer more than anything else."
So, is a film adaptation a possibility? "The problem is that movies take so long to make—it was perfect for a TV show because there was such a quick turnaround," she said, then added, "If he focused on one big story, then yes, but it would be less about the news and more about the drama between the people. He should do an election special!" Hillary v. Trump? We'd be lying if we said we wouldn't definitely tune in to that.