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Allison Janney was victorious once again at the Emmys on Monday.
“This is an amazing honor, thank you. Number six, let’s go,” she said during her acceptance speech for the supporting actress in a comedy category.
Janney portrays Bonnie in the CBS series Mom, now in its second season on the network. The actress previously claimed a fifth Emmy win at the Creative Arts Emmys on Aug. 16 for her guest-starring role on the Showtime series Masters of Sex. (Janney won her four other Emmys for her role as White House press secretary C.J. Cregg on NBC’s political drama The West Wing between 2000 and 2004.)
The actress beat out Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Anna Chlumsky (Veep), Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live) and Kate Mulgrew (Orange Is the New Black) in the category.
Speaking to reporters backstage, Janney said she loved working in both comedy and drama, noting that she was trained for both and used her background as a dancer and figure skater to prepare for physical comedy — like CBS’ Mom — and her theater training after college for more dramatic work.
The common thread in her roles, she added, is that they’re “always messy.” Mom, she said, isn’t always straightforward comedy. The Chuck Lorre comedy often deals with weightier issues, including cancer and alcoholism. Janney praised the more dramatic moments in Mom as well as the tongue-in-cheek comedic elements of Showtime’s Masters of Sex. “It’s all mixed up for me; I never go in thinking of it as one or the other; it’s all just having fun.
“Bonnie does some questionable things and says some questionable things,” she said of her Mom character. “She’s a great character. She has a big heart and loves her family and wants to be with them, so you forgive her for a lot. The heart is in the right place on this show.”
The actress said her two new Emmys will join an increasingly crowded shelf above her TV alongside her four previous statuettes.
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