Shohreh Aghdashloo, who guest starred on a recent episode of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit“, told Gold Derby she was well aware of the procedural’s impressive Emmy record over the last decade. “SVU” has showcased the four most recent Guest Drama Actress winners: Leslie Caron (2007), Cynthia Nixon (2008), Ellen Burstyn (2009) and Ann-Margret (2010). And in seven of the last 10 years, at least one guest actress has gotten an Emmy nom (two did so in 2000 and 2007 and three contended in 2009).
Asked of her chances of joining this illustrious group, Aghdashloo laughed and replied, “This show has won so many there’s no reason why it shouldn’t win another one!” Recalling her “mouth-watering” role, the actress was effusive with praise about co-starring with the show’s leading lady Mariska Hargitay; “I love that woman! She’s incredible and I now have the pleasure of saying she’s now my friend.”
Chatting with Gold Derby senior editors Rob Licuria and Chris Beachum, she spoke fondly of her big breakthrough — an Oscar-nominated role in “House of Sand and Fog” — as well as her 2009 Emmy win as Best Movie/Mini Supporting Actress for “House of Saddam.” She also touched on what it means to her as an Academy voter to judge other actors’ performances, recalled her critically-acclaimed turn on “24” and teased her stint on the upcoming season finale of “House.”