Emmys 2017: What the winners said backstage
The HBO mini-series “Big Little Lies” was a big winner on Sunday, taking home eight Emmys overall, so when the cast and creators arrived backstage there were a whole bunch of shiny gold statues on the stage where the first thing everyone wanted to know was whether there might be a second season now that it’s been so richly honored.
Director Jean-Marc Valle, who’d previously said he did not see the need: “That’s a good question, I’m glad you added ‘now’. I mean, I’m just like the audience and like these girls. Right now it would be good.”
Reese Witherspoon, star and co-creator of the show, said, “Well, you already know we’re liars – there’s nothing definitive yet.”
Star and co-creator and winner for best actress in a limited series Nicole Kidman added: “We love playing these characters, the story lines are so complex – this is amazing.”
And finally, because several had mentioned it would ultimately lie in the hands of novelist Liane Moriarty, whose book provided the story for the show, someone asked her: Season two?
“I’m thinking about it,” she said. “It’s a beautiful possibility. That’s all I’ll say.”
Witherspoon, Kidman and Moriarty also talked about the importance of creating strong roles, and multiple roles, for women – in front of the camera and behind it as creators – as well as shining a spotlight on serious issues that affect women, such as domestic violence, the thread that ran throughout their show.
“I think what’s been extraordinary is the way in which it’s created a situation for me where I’ve never been closer to the audience than I have through this show,” Kidman said. “And the communication and the way in which people talk to me and talk to me about my story line, it’s been extraordinary.”
Moriarty, asked where she found the inspiration to write about such a dark topic, offered an answer that left cast and media alike in laughter.
“It came from a really horrible ex-boyfriend who I took great pleasure in killing off,” she said. “First in the book, and then it was very nice to see it happen in the series.”
The HBO series “Veep” continued its run of dominance at the Emmys, the series winning for the third consecutive year, and star Julia Louis-Dreyfus winning for the sixth time – a record for a single role, and by giving her eight Emmys in all tying her for the most-ever with actress Cloris Leachman.
Its premise – a comedy of errors set in and around the White House – has earned many comparisons to real life, which prompted a question show runner David Mandel about whether he’s ever wished anything that happened on the show might actually happen in real life, too.
“In our show when Selina (Meyer) does something horrible and crosses a line she gets caught and pays a price for it,” Mandel said, prompting laughter from the cast, producers and reporters in the room.
Louis-Dreyfus said she really hadn’t yet come to grips with her record-setting run at the Emmys, and especially with matching Leachman, one of her acting heroes.