Best Actress – Television Series, Musical or Comedy

  • Best Actress – Television Series, Musical or Comedy


    RACHEL BROSNAHAN:  Hi.  Thank you to the HFPA.  Thank you to ‑‑ I don’t know where you are anymore ‑‑ our fearless creators and leaders, Amy Sherman Palladino and Dan Palladino.  There are many things.  Thank you to everyone at Amazon ‑‑ to Dana.  I’m going to have to write a whole lot of thank you notes.  My brain is scrambled eggs.  Thank you to Ken and my entire team, to Carol ‑‑ hi, Oprah.  Wow.  Look.

    This is a story about a bold and brilliant and complicated woman, and I am endlessly proud to be a part of it.  But there are so many women stories out there that still need and deserve to be told.  So as we end with this new year, let’s continue to hold each other accountable and invest in and make and champion these stories.

    Thank you, so much.


    Backstage interview:

    RACHEL BROSNAHAN: Hi, guys. Oh, that’s loud.

    Q I was curious, you were so poised and calm on stage.

    RACHEL BROSNAHAN: Did you think so?

    Q Yes. Because Oprah was sitting in front of you, Jennifer Aniston and Carol Burnett are presenting you with your award. Has any of this sunken in yet? And what were you thinking when you walked up on stage? Because I would have been losing my mind. And you were very calm and collected.

    RACHEL BROSNAHAN: I’m so glad you think so. No. I don’t remember any of it other than Oprah. At which point, I forgot everything I might say and forgot to thank a lot of people who I have to thank quickly right now: My friends and family who are very, very important, our cast and crew, also very, very important, and probably still more that I’ll think about when I go to sleep tonight.

    Q Congratulations.

    RACHEL BROSNAHAN: Thank you.

    Q There’s a thing called buts when people just start talking about a show and whispering and saying, “Have you heard? Have you seen?” When did you get the feeling that people had their minds around this that it was part of the conversation that your show was going to be this kind of success?

    RACHEL BROSNAHAN: I think that’s so ongoing in the most wonderful way. We aired shortly before the holidays, and right before these nominations were announced, and so it feels like every single day, as happens often with the streaming services, people are still discovering the show, and the constant discovery process and how connected people feel to it, and it’s been one of the most exciting and remarkable things about being a part of it.

    Q How does it hit you? Just people coming up to you reading about it? I mean, how do you begin to understand the phenomenon of it?

    RACHEL BROSNAHAN: Not — not yet. I don’t know if you ever do. We feel like we are living in a little bubble sometimes, you know. It doesn’t — it doesn’t quite reach you until moments like this, I suppose.

    Q Great.

    RACHEL BROSNAHAN: Thank you.

    Q Congratulations, Rachel.


    Q My questions come from the fans of Facebook and the HFPA fans of Facebook. They want to know what made you want to tell this story. What was it about the story that you wanted to tell?

    RACHEL BROSNAHAN: That’s a wonderful question. Thank you. This — when I read the script, the thing that stood out to me the most was that Midge is maybe the most unapologetically confident woman that I have ever read in a script, and that scared the crap out of me and made me desperate to play this part and tell this story.

    Q And my other question: What advice would you give a beginner that would like to write a story and script right now?

    RACHEL BROSNAHAN: Just do it. Open your mouth. Write a script. Just do it. There are so many different platforms available now. To put stories out into the world: Do it. Do it. Do it.

    Q What lessons did you learn most for your character that you’ll keep forever?

    RACHEL BROSNAHAN: I mentioned confidence before. I’m fortunate that in my real life, that’s not debilitating self-confidence issues, is not something I’ve struggled with for an extended period of time, although I don’t think there’s not anyone in this room that hasn’t felt that some way or another. Finding the confidence in my work to bring this woman to life was challenging and terrifying. I’ve never done comedy. This whole thing was like a nightmare and a dream at the same time, and I hope to be able to carry that with me, that sense of self-empowerment that has been a constant discovery process through telling this story. Thank you, guys.

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