Becky Ann Baker was audio recording on another show when she discovered her Emmy nomination as Lena Dunham‘s mother on “Girls.” In our recent webchat (watch the exclusive video interview above), she reveals, “I was waiting in a sound studio. All of a sudden my phone was ringing, and it was Lena screaming ‘you got an Emmy nomination!’ So, in front of strangers I started jumping and crying. Then the sound engineer came out and saw online he was nominated as well. So we were both jumping! It was pretty great.”
Baker has been playing Hannah’s mom Loreen Doring throughout the years and is now nominated for the final season. She competes as Best Comedy Guest Actress category against a slew of past Oscar and Emmy nominees. She jokes, “I’m in a pretty tough category this year. I’m the only one I don’t know.” Her episode submitted for voters is “Gummies,” in which Loreen is visiting and tells Hannah she’s picked up an interest in medical marijuana gummies. When Hannah reveals she is pregnant Loreen shares how much she enjoyed her own pregnancy. Hannah becomes worried Loreen is eating too many gummies and the conversation turns when Loreen confesses how lonely she is.
In the final episode of the series Loreen plays a pivotal role in helping Hannah embark on the journey of motherhood. Baker says, “When you have a baby, you need help and are somewhat clueless: you call your best friend and you call your mom. As an optimist, I think Hannah’s going to be fine and Loreen is going to be there to help.”
Another pivotal moment in Loreen’s journey came when her husband Tad (Emmy winner Peter Scolari) left her. Baker reflects that “the biggest growth spurt for Loreen came when she had to face the rest of her life alone. She wasn’t even young enough to rebound. There were a lot of breakdowns and gummi worms loaded with marijuana. Eventually I think she’s landed on her feet, after a lot of screaming and yelling.”
On working with Dunham, Baker says that “from day one it was so easy. We never had to nitpick and discuss. We just did it. The effortlessness of our relationship ended up being so helpful on the screen and in real life. She’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met in so many ways beyond the creative process. I hope we do many more things in our future.” Working on “Girls” has also been a learning experience for Baker. She confesses that “over the seasons there’s been so much I thought was fascinating. Including different types of sex positions I never knew existed. I had no idea some of those things could happen.”
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