Amy Schumer had no problem entertaining the crowd backstage, turning such mundane questions as “How are you going to celebrate?” upside down. She offered that she will make out “with anyone who’s willing. I brought my own lube. I don’t know if that’s something that’s interesting to anyone, but (I’ll make out with) literally anyone”.
On a more serious note, she spoke of the support she has received from her sister, and her women comic friends. She added that getting a chance to pal around with powerhouse comics Amy Poehler and Tina Fey during the ceremonies is a highlight of her career. Schumer added she felt gratified to see sketch comedy enjoy its own category. It’s exciting, I love sketch, I think of use as writing scenes, I don’t write sketches,” she said.
Speaking of important women in her life, Schumer gained notoriety for crashing Ellen DeGeneres’ interview with presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton by skating in on a pair of red roller skates. She said it was pretty humiliating to skate around the woman “I’m hoping is our future president” while dressed like “a plus-sized Elsa from Frozen”.
Straight off her first Emmy win for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a limited series, already elated actress Regina King got even more so when she discovered her fellow actress, Viola Davis, made history with her win for Outstanding Actress in a drama series. “I want to curse now… what I really want to say is another word for ‘heck yeah!’ On her reaction to her own win, King admits she was in disbelief. “Did they get that right, did they really say that,” she divulges when her name was called. “I really wasn’t expecting it” she continues. The American Crime actress, who is set to appear in Season 2 of the anthology series, attributes her success to her mother and grandmother saying, “I would not be here without them and all of the things they’ve taught me.” When queried about her favorite fan moments, King couldn’t pinpoint a particular account. “What makes it special is that you just never know what someone loves.” That’s the reason I do what I do because if It just makes people feel good, or makes them cry or makes them laugh… I’m always shocked.”
Uzo Aduba won an Emmy last year, and has won other industry awards for her role as Crazy Eyes on Orange Is the New Black. But she said backstage this is the first time show creator Jenji Kohan was in the audience. “I think that’s what got me so emotional, “ she said. “I was just looking out at her and I could say (thank you) to her right then.”
Aduba also called this year’s wins by black actresses “incredible” and saw their Emmy success as the result of “decades” of stellar performances. “I felt glad to see those bodies of work recognized,” she said.
Returning backstage for the second time after her actress win, Julia Louis-Dreyfus carried an Emmy statuette in each hand as she returned to celebrate Veep’s first series win. When asked to preview what’s coming for next season, Louis-Dreyfus teased: “Me no can say that.” She also reacted indignantly when there was a lull in the questioning from a tired press crew. “We just won the Emmy!” she scolded.
That seemed to inspire another round of questions, this time to show creator Armando Iannucci, who is leaving Veep. Is the win making him reconsider? “Like Italian tennis players who bow out as soon as they win the Open, this is a good course to follow,” he said, to laughter. “I felt that I’ve taken the show to where I wanted to take it . . . it feels like the right time. Every show can benefit from new energy.”
It was Iannucci’s turn to laugh when he was asked how it felt to knock Modern Family off the pedestal after its five-year run winning the category. “Well, we’ve made history by it being the first time we’ve won best comedy, so in many ways the tradition is maintained,” he said.
Similar to her acceptance speech for outstanding director for a comedy series, Jill Soloway backstage expressed the importance of bringing awareness of social issues to the underrepresented society, reflecting a the world she sees today.
“Directing is litigating how I see the world.” On the effort to combat the lack of representation, Soloway suggests that “people need to make an attempt to find identify and nurture people of color, woman, trans people, queer people, and include them in the creative process.” When asked about the future of the show, Soloway expounds there is more work to be done. “People talk about the trans tipping point but we are in such early days in the trans civil rights movement. Any of my trans friends can walk into an apartment, go to apply for a job and have somebody look them in the eye and say ‘we don’t want trans people here,’ that is legal in 32 states. “I think if people really understood that that’s the situation for trans people, they would work harder to change that.” She continues “its amazing that it’s a television show, and an Emmy, and Amazon, that it takes to be able to create cultural change and the political change must follow.”
Commenting that Veep continually chimes with the Capitol Hill political sphere, Tony Hale, who took his second best supporting actor trophy for his work on the HBO comedy series, explained, “the writers are never swayed by anything they read in the press. When they write something, it typically happens in the press. I’m worried that they’re going to write and then that’s going to happen. Satire turns to life.” Hale wasn’t blind to the love for Arrested Development alums tonight: “It feels like full circle with Jeffrey Tambor winning (best comedy actor). I was excited. (Arrested Development creator) Mitch Hurwitz gave me my first job and it was special for me to give him a shout out. I also love Jeffrey Tambor. He’s like my TV dad.”
A media outlet called LGBT Hollywood — describing itself as “The Official Lesbian Crew”—is asking a lot of questions backstage at this year’s Emmys, particularly about tolerance. The outlet’s queries and presence seem to reflect a theme of the evening as Transparent creator Jill Soloway and star Jeffrey Tambor have accepted statuettes for the groundbreaking show.
LGBT Hollywood took a different tack when winners for outstanding limited series Olive Kitteridge came backstage. Co-executive producer Jane Anderson was asked about her stage play Defying Gravity, about the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. Anderson said the explosion so moved her that she quit her job writing for the comedy The Facts Of Life to write the play. But then she got a few laughs by asking, sounding disappointed: “Do you have any lesbian questions? Because I can do that, too.”
Meanwhile, Kitteridge star Frances McDormand slyly suggested that the press start a social media campaign to do more chapters of the character’s small town story.