ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

When American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson premiered on FX in February, it caused quite a stir -- not only because it was preoccupied with a controversial judicial subject matters, but also because it once again cast a spotlight on what is arguably the most famous family in the world, the Kardashians.

And with this, David Schwimmer hopped into the limelight yet again in his role of Robert Kardashian. Now, with the series underway, the actor has spoken about the difficulties of portraying such a high-profile lawyer.

Source: Vince Bucci via Getty Images
Source: Vince Bucci via Getty Images

Speaking to The Huffington Post, he revealed how difficult it was to plunge himself into a role associated so closely with the Kardashian name:

“I was trying to not think too much about what the family name means today to people. I was really just trying to approach [the role] almost like a historian [figuring] out who the man was. What he was really like in person.”

Schwimmer also recalled having a conversation with Kris Jenner, as there was so little public information about her ex-husband's life. Speaking of Robert, he said:

“Very little is known about him. Or [very little is] on camera. Other than when he knows he’s on camera. So there’s very little public record of who he was as a person. [What it was like] sitting down with him, having dinner with him, going to a ball game with him. The one phone conversation that I had with Kris Jenner was really valuable. Just to hear from her, over the course of two hours, what kind of a guy he was and why she loved him.”

Despite all of this though, David had concerns that the Kardashian name would make it difficult for audiences to distinguish between the man and the family's current celebrity. He admitted that he was worried:

"[The fact I was] playing a Kardashian might distract at first. Our job was to play the long game [and] know that this was a 10-episode arc. Hopefully, people would return to watch not because it was some kind of indulgent, I don't know... not just for fun."

As for his Friends character's overbearing presence over his career since he waved goodbye to the sitcom, Schwimmer said:

"I knew going into it that there would be almost a distraction.”

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