It’s already a bloody huge night for Fleabag creator-writer-star Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the 2019 Emmys, and the ceremony has only been going for like half an hour.
The multi-talented Brit picked up her first Emmy, for Writing for a Comedy Series (for the excellent first episode of Fleabag). Of course her speech was a delight, with the 34-year-old jokingly admitting she writes the show purely for award recognition.
"I'd like to say just honestly, from the bottom of my heart, that the reason that I do it is this." #Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge jokingly explains why she really writes while accepting her award for writing for a comedy series https://t.co/WmT1Fmyol4 #Emmys pic.twitter.com/Z1tuoJbm15
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 23, 2019
Just after she won the writing gong, Pheebs landed her first acting Emmy for the same show. Pretty bloody good achievement, if you ask me — especially considering she was up against Veep star and Emmys sweetheart Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who was gunning for her record 9th acting Emmy, critic’s darling Rachel Broshanan from The Marvelous Mrs Maisel (whose co-stars just both picked up awards) and fan fave Catherine O’Hara from cult hit Schitt’s Creek among others.
When she got up on stage she repeated part of her first speech, saying “I find acting really, really, hard…”. That’s it girl, treat the stage as your stand-up comedy show we are HERE FOR IT.
Even her fellow nominees were happy for her. How could you not be.
— Jamie Jirak (@JamieCinematics) September 23, 2019
Phoebe could also take home a third Emmy during today’s ceremony — she’s a producer on Killing Eve which is nominated for Drama Series. Look, it’s another tough category (final season of GoT anyone?) but if anyone can do it, PWB can.
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