Ben Platt On How His Netflix Series ‘The Politician’ Is A Premonition To College Cheating Scandal

Variety | 7/18/2019 | Elizabeth Wagmeister
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Ryan Murphy asked Tony winner Ben Platt to star in his first Netflix series “The Politician” in summer 2017, after watching the Broadway prodigy perform on stage in “Dear Evan Hansen” that same year.

“It’s like a premonition,” Platt said while chatting to Variety about “The Politician’s” parallels to the college cheating scandal on Tuesday night at a special screening of the season premiere in New York City. “Ryan [Murphy] is always a few steps ahead of the curve so it doesn’t surprise me, but when it was happening, it was crazy. He was texting me like, ‘Can you believe that this is what our show is about?'”

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Platt, who also serves as an executive producer on the series, says his upbringing in Los Angeles gave him some familiarity with how to approach the series’ over-the-top storylines and his character, Payton Hobart, a student with generational money in Santa Barbara who has known since he was seven years old that he wants to be the president of the United States, but first has to navigate the politics of his high school’s student election.

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“I grew up in L.A. in a very wealthy community, so I certainly saw it happen all the time,” Platt said, when talking about the college cheating scandal. Platt, the son of Oscar-nominated producer Marc Platt, attended the prestigious private school Harvard-Westlake, along with “Booksmart” actress Beanie Feldstein, who was among the guests at the series sneak peek on Tuesday....
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