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Emmy Nominee Richard Cabral Tears Up Talking Life Before ‘American Crime': ‘Violence Changes Us’ (Video)

The actor reveals his touching story during TheWrap Magazine cover shoot

Former gangster turned rising actor Richard Cabral provided insight into the true hardships of his own life experience during and interview on the set of TheWrap Magazine‘s cover shoot.

“The trauma changes us. The violence changes us. The jail changes us. But we don’t know it’s changing us,” said Cabral, who plays tattooed hustler Hector in John Ridley’s gritty miniseries.

Cabral is a freshly anointed Emmy nominee for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series Or a Movie. “American Crime” scored 10 nominations, which were announced Thursday morning, including Outstanding Limited Series; Timothy Hutton, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or a Movie; Felicity Huffman, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie; and Regina King, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series Or a Movie.

“The lifestyle that I grew up in, it was passed on to me,” Cabral said, explaining that members of his family had been in gangs and incarcerated going back to the 1970s. “I didn’t know there was another world.”

Cabral goes on to tell a touching story about his cousin confessing that he had never visited a zoo.

“We don’t know anything different,” he said tearfully.

Watch the video.

Season 2 of “American Crime” will be set in the Midwest, according to ABC, and will tackle “sexual identity and the disparity in the school systems.” Hutton and Huffman both play staff members of an elite private school.

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