Jean Smart on why she could not relax after the Emmy win – The Hollywood Reporter

After Bowen Yang announced Jean Smart’s name as the winner of the lead role in a comedy series for her trip as Deborah Vance on HBO Max’s Hacks at the Emmy Awards in September, the well-heeled audience jumped up to a longer standing ovation. During an emotional speech, Smart was also nominated that night for HBO’s Jump off Easttown, dedicated the trophy to the late man, actor Richard Gilliland, who died in March at the age of 71.

When she returned to her seat, Smart says emotions continued to flow as she waited to see if Gilliland would appear in the In Memoriam segment. “I was very worried because they will not guarantee you that [a person will be included]. I do not know why they can not tell you maybe the day of the ceremony, because I do not think they are going to change that day, but it’s just their policy that they can not promise anyone, “Smart told Hollywood Reporter at the recent distribution of women in films.

Gilliland starred in dozens of projects dating back to the mid-1970s, including shows like Design of women (with Smart in the lead role), Something thirty and Matlock. “I was sure he would be included because he is so deserving and had worked in this industry for 40 years, but I was just thinking, ‘What if he is not included? What do I want to do? ‘”

She was particularly worried because she was attending the ceremony with their son, Forrest. Fortunately, he managed the cut.

Smart Hacks co-star Hannah Einbinder also told THR that Emmy night featured a beautiful sight as Smart soaked through the love and homage to Gilliland. “I want everything for Jean. I want her to have the world and she deserves the respect and recognition she got that night and I just love her. It’s so touching to see her up there where she belongs. ”

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Jean Smart and Hannah Einbinder
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Jean Smart and Richard Gilliland at the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020.
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A version of this story first appeared in the October 27 issue of the Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.

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