Bill Hader won the Emmy for best actor in a comedy series during Monday night’s ceremony. In his acceptance speech, the actor — who scored the honor for his portrayal of Barry Berkman on HBO’s hitman comedy Barry — seemed totally surprised.
“I did not think this was going to happen,” he told the star-studded audience, before thanking HBO and giving his daughters, Hannah, Harper and Hayley, a shoutout.
Hader beat out other favorites, including Atlanta’s Donald Glover and The Good Place‘s Ted Danson. Backstage, Hader told The Hollywood Reporter and other media that he did not have a speech prepared. In fact, he figured Danson or Glover would win. “I planned nothing. I was waiting for Ted Danson or Donald Glover, to be honest,” he said. “I legit don’t know what I said up there, guys. I might have said something crazy.”
Hader opened up to THR last month about his role on Barry, pondering why the series resonated with viewers in 2018. “Some people come up to me and say, ‘That show is so funny,’ and others come up to me and say, ‘That show is so dark.’ I just say, ‘Yeah, you’re both right,'” he said. “I don’t know what’s resonating, but it’s nice that people enjoy it. [Co-creator] Alec [Berg] and I are just surprised that we were able to make it, and make it the way we wanted to make it.”