One of Emmys biggest surprises was 35-year old Rami Malek taking home the lead actor win for his turn as Elliot Alderson, a hacker who suffers from a dissociative identify disorder on USA’s Mr. Robot. “A young actor like him never wins,” said one Emmy blogger in the press room, remarking that Emmy’s new voting system paved the way for frosh talent to break through.
“I’m not the typical leading man,” said the Egyptian-American actor on diversity, “to come home with this (Emmy) speaks a lot of where we’re headed, and I think we can keep going further in that direction and strive to be as progressive as possible.”
Malek then expounded on his roots, and the strides his family took: “I grew up in a family that immigrated here and my Dad worked door-to-door selling insurance and my Mom was pregnant with my (twin) brother and I going to work, taking three buses to get there. It was so that she could give her child an opportunity to be special. My sister is an ER doctor, my brother is a teacher and I’m standing here today.”
“I think a lot of people can relate to wanting an opportunity. I wanted an opportunity and now I have it, I want other people to have an opportunity regardless, to not be stifled in this world but to be given a chance like I was given a chance,” added Malek.
On stage tonight, Malek mentioned how his protagonist on the USA series is an outsider, a guy who many wouldn’t necessarily hang out with. However, what makes him sympathetic is that “we live in a world where so many of us feel voiceless.”
When it came to teasing the press room with two words about Mr. Robot‘s season 3, Malek joked, “Absolutely not!”
Then with a grin, the Emmy winner added, “But I have shot a scene from season 3.”