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Brian Tyree Henry Talks Playing a Rapper in FX's 'Atlanta': Interview

"Hip-hop is the place where you can be the most individual," the actor tells us

Donald Glover's Atlanta is one of this season's most anticipated new shows, and ahead of its premiere we spoke with Brian Tyree Henry on his big role in the FX series. The actor, who made a name for himself in Broadway's The Book of Mormon, plays aspiring rapper and Glover's cousin Alfred "Paper Boi" Miles.

The show highlights the struggle of trying to make it in Atlanta, which Henry describes as being "its own living, breathing thing:"

"Hip-hop is the place where you can be the most individual. Any rapper in hip-hop can be who they want to be, and I wanted Alfred to be this person you can really relate to. People already put his own stigma on how he looks, but I really wanted Alfred to have a really big heart."

Look out for FX's Atlanta when it premieres tonight (Sept. 6) at 10 p.m. Ahead of its debut, check out our roundup of the biggest TV moments this year so far.

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