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When actress Kelly Jenrette learned of her 2018 Emmy nomination for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her role as Annie on Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, she had one reaction: tears. A lot of tears.
“It was exciting and overwhelming and I cried a lot,” she told The Hollywood Reporter In Studio. “I thank God even more and just enjoying this roller coaster of a ride.”
Of her journey from landing the part to being recognized by the Television Academy, she said, “The experience has been whimsical … I woke up on July 13th and I said, ‘Man that was a really cool dream,’ and then I realized it wasn’t a dream. I think I started crying again, so the whole experience is hard to put into words.”
Jenrette’s appearance on the show revealed the backstory of June (Elisabeth Moss) and Luke’s (O-T Fagbenle) relationship. As she tells THR, Annie’s appearance changed some people’s perception of June.
“I was very leery at first because even I as a fan of the show, I was rooting for June. And then when I read Annie’s story, I was like, ‘Oh, you really hurt this woman,’” Jenrette said. “So I think a lot of people were like, ‘I’m kind of mad at June. I don’t know how I feel about her anymore,’ which is understandable. But I’m happy that people were engaged enough to respond in whatever way they saw fit.”
Jenrette also discussed sharing the screen with Moss, who also serves as executive producer. “Elisabeth Moss is amazing. The first day I was on set, she came in and she was so kind and gracious,” she said.
She added: “It was just overwhelming, honestly, because I’m like, ‘You’re Elisabeth Moss. You are fantastic.’ But she was kind and giving. Even working together in the scene, I felt safe.”
The Handmaid’s Tale is available to stream on Hulu.
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