Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama

  • Best Actress in a Television Series – Drama

    BEST ACTRESS TV SERIES, DRAMA

    Emma Corrin ‑ “The Crown”

    Acceptance Speech:

    EMMA CORRIN:  Thank you.  Thank you so much.  Thank you so much the HFPA for this incredible honor.  What?  Thank you so much to everyone at Left Bank Pictures.  Thank you, Suzanne and Rob and Peter and everyone for believing in me.  Thank you to my incredible cast and crew for being by my side this entire time.  Thank you to my prince charming, Josh.  I could not have done this without you.  Thank you for making every single day by my side a complete joy.  Thank you so much to my incredible team as well, all of you.  I don’t know where I’d be without you.  Maya, it is such an honor and a privilege to call you my agent and also one of my best friends.  Thank you. And most of all, thank you so much to Diana.  You have taught me passion and empathy beyond any measure that I could ever imagine.  And on behalf of everyone who remembers you so fondly and passionately in our hearts, thank you.

    Backstage Interview:

    QUESTION:  Hi, Emma.  Congratulations.

    EMMA CORRIN:  Hi.

    QUESTION:  Congratulations.

    EMMA CORRIN:  Thank you so much.

    QUESTION:  Claire Foy and Olivia have both won Golden Globes for their roles on “The Crown.”  How does it feel, now you taking over “The Crown” tonight, and what does it mean, like between the women on the show?  I am not sure if you noticed Olivia cheering for you when you won, but it certainly seemed like you were all very supportive and wanted each other to win.

    EMMA CORRIN:  It was a most incredible thing.  It still feels like it is sinking in.  I think it will be a while until it hits me with what happened, especially because we are so far away from each other.  It is amazing how Olivia screamed, but it would be so lovely to hug her in real life and share this moment with all the cast and everyone who made the whole experience of shooting “The Crown” so special.

    QUESTION:  Hello, hello.  How you doing?

    EMMA CORRIN:  I’m good.  How are you?

    QUESTION:  Congratulations.  Listen, I feel like the reach of Netflix brought Diana back into our living rooms, and through you we all fell in love all over again.

    I wonder if it has been difficult for you to say good-bye or good night to her and how you’re sharing this moment with Josh O’Connor?

    EMMA CORRIN:  You know, you’re so right about saying good-bye to Diana.  It was something on my mind when I was filming the series.  Every day when I went in to work, I felt like, how can I let you go?  You feel so close to that character because you are so consumed by playing them.

    But actually, I feel like I took her on such a journey playing her from 16 to 28.  And actually, by the time we were finished filming, I felt I was completely ready.  I felt like I had been with her through such an arc that it was time to move on.  I can’t wait to see what Elizabeth does with the next series.

    I FaceTimed Josh just now.  I cried when he won.  I am so proud of him.  I wish I could be there to hug him.

    QUESTION:  Congratulations, Emma.  The award was definitely well deserved.  I wanted to see if you noticed, when you won, all your fellow nominees were all excited for you, especially Sarah Paulson.  She was doing a little dance.  It has already gone viral online.  What was it like to get such support from all the women in your category?

    And a quick second follow-up, besides yourself, who do you think is the most excited for you to have won this award tonight?

    EMMA CORRIN:  I haven’t actually seen that dance that Sarah did, but to hear that there was that much support from my fellow nominees is mind-blowing.  These are women I have looked up to and women who have inspired me for many years.  Women supporting women is one of the most powerful that can happen.  It is so important and so integral to progress being made at the moment in the industry and in the world as a whole.  It really means the world.

    Yeah, I mean, in terms of who is most excited about my win, probably apart from my mum when she wakes up, probably my agent.  So yeah.

    QUESTION:  Hello and congratulations.  The Duke of Sussex admitted he watches “The Crown” while talking with James Corden.  What would you discuss with him, given that you invested so much time and talent into his mom’s story to make it so real for us in 2021?

    EMMA CORRIN:  It is difficult, because with “The Crown” and Peter’s version of “The Crown,” it is so fictional and it feels so removed from the actual royal family.  So on one level I feel like, yeah, it is so distant.  It feels so separate.

    But on the other hand, obviously we are — the characters are based on real people and there is something there and the responsibility to acknowledge them in some way.

    I saw that in TV that he did with James Corden, and I felt incredibly grateful to him and incredibly moved by what he said.  I don’t know what I would say about it.  I haven’t thought about it that much.  Yeah, I’m certain he — certainly the way he spoke about it and the fact that he’s watched it and the fact that he paid homage to his mother, yeah, I was very excited about the fact that he noticed it, yeah.

    QUESTION:  Hi, Emma.  Congratulations.  So someone already mentioned that Prince Harry does watch “The Crown,” and he prefers watching it more than other news about the royal family and everything like that.  But how amazing is it that he does watch the show and he loves the show?  What does that mean to you knowing that?

    EMMA CORRIN:  Yeah, hearing that really moved me in a way that I wasn’t really expecting.  As I just said, when we are making a show and we are resetting the show, on the one hand obviously we are dealing with real people whose lives inform the characters that we now inform.  But on the other hand, it is completely fictional, so actually when you do your job, it feels sometimes it is so far removed from the real person and the people who are still alive.

    So it is not something that I felt I needed him to address or needed anyone to address, but actually hearing him say it, I am glad that he enjoyed it, and I feel moved and grateful for his words.

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