Critics' Choice Awards: Phoebe Waller-Bridge Says J.Lo, "Filthy" Latin Words Inspired 'Fleabag' in Best Comedy Win Speech

Phoebe Waller-Bridge accepts the Best Actress in a Comedy Series award for 'Fleabag' -25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards -H 2020
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The creator and star of the Amazon and BBC comedy series also won for best leading actress in a comedy series during the Sunday night ceremony.

Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge revealed Jennifer Lopez and dirty Latin as sources of inspiration for her hit award-winning series at the 25th annual Critics Choice Awards on Sunday. 

While accepting the win for best comedy series, Waller-Bridge gave special thanks to her sister and Fleabag composer Isobel Waller-Bridge, noting that her music had "covered and elevated" the "slightly mediocre bits" of the show. The Fleabag writer went on to share that Isobel had left a little gift of sorts for the series' Latin-speaking viewers. 

"She put in a little secret in for anyone who can speak Latin, but all the words that the thing is is singing in Latin during the songs are completely filthy," Wallger-Bridge said, smiling. "So thank you for keeping the DNA of the show right in even to the classiest music possible." 

After thanking producers, the BBC and Amazon, Waller-Bridge gave her final acceptance speech shout-out to an unexpected inspiration: Hustlers star Jennifer Lopez. While on stage, the multiple award-winner stated that singer-actress Lopez had inspired a certain "hot" and popular character in the comedy. 

"This is a bit of a random shout-out, but you have no idea how much you can accidentally inspire people just by doing your work," Waller-Bridge told the Critics' Choice audience. "Somebody who inspires this show in a way they will never know and that is J.Lo. I decided that the priest's favorite song was 'Jenny From the Block' and it opens the entire character up for me, so I don't know where she is, but that's really genuine, so thank you." 

Fleabag also took home awards for best actress in a comedy series and best supporting actor in a comedy series. The series was nominated alongside Barry (HBO), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon), Mom (CBS), One Day at a Time (Netflix), PEN15 (Hulu) and Schitt’s Creek (Pop) in best comedy series.