After earning her very first Emmy Awards nomination yesterday for her role in Hulu’s The Act, actress Joey King has opened up about what it was like finding out that she’s up for the award for lead actress in a limited series.
Joey revealed that she found out about the nomination while on set in South Africa for her latest project.
“I’ve been at work for several hours. So my thing is like all day, I was so jittery, I’m so nervous,” Joey told E! News. “And then I was doing a location move, so I was sitting in the back of a car, with my s–ty WiFi hotspot on my phone, trying to stream this on my computer that’s a thousand years old. And it was just like the most crazy moment. Hilarious, weird, like I have not stopped crying almost six hours later.”
“Like honestly, my computer froze at one point and I literally went, ‘Nooo!’ It as like when they were on the limited series actor one, and I was like, oh my god, no, if I miss this, I’m gonna die,” Joey said.
“But honestly, everything about it was perfect, that it was in the back of a car, that it was on my ancient computer. I’ll never forget this moment.”
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This is me in South Africa on my way to set in the car live steaming The Emmy nominations announcement from the hotspot on my phone also known as the best moment in the world. My work on The Act was the most fulfilling and challenging work I’ve gotten to do as an actress thus far. To be nominated for an Emmy in a category with such INCREDIBLE nominees by my side, especially Patricia is the most surreal feeling. I haven’t stopped crying. Gettin to call Patricia right after and share this moment with her is something I’ll never forget. Thank you to everyone who made this possible, there’s so many people who are behind The Act that I couldn’t have done this without and I can’t wait to call all of them!!!! OH MY GOD I CANT BELIEVE IM NOMINATED FOR AN EMMY
Joey also revealed that the first person she called was Patricia Arquette, who played her on-screen mother in The Act, and also received a nomination.
“Oh my god, she’s the first person I called, actually. I Facetimed her, and she just kept telling me how proud she is of me. And I just kept telling her how excited I was to be nominated with her, and it was such a beautiful moment, because her and I are so close.
“We developed such a beautiful bond and a beautiful friendship over the course of The Act. And you know, that show took a lot of our mental and physical energy, so sharing those heavy moments with her and now to be able to just celebrate with her is such a gift. I mean, she’s one of the greatest people I know and I’m thrilled and I’m honored.”
The Act is a true-crime series based on the real-life story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard (played by Joey), and her escape from her toxic relationship with her overprotective mother.
“I did a lot of research on Gypsy and I had a lot of resources to look at, but it is crazy that I’m telling someone’s story and that I’m getting the accolades for it,” Joey said on playing Gypsy Rose.
“And I feel so blessed and so excited because I really hope that this sheds light on how much of a victim Gypsy is. I mean, the show is meant to really highlight and tell Gypsy’s side of the story, because a lot of the time people were calling her a cold-blooded killer, and that is not at all what she is. She’s a young girl who’s a victim who endured such a hard life and she deserves nothing but peace now. And so I hope that this show and the light it’s brought and the story that we’ve told will help give her that peace and help people understand that she deserves sympathy and not harsh, cruel words.”
You can read Joey’s full interview here!
The Act is now streaming on Hulu.
The 2019 Emmy Awards will air on Sunday, September 22 on Fox.
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