By winning her eighth acting Emmy on Sunday night (one for “Seinfeld,” one for “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” six for “Veep”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus has now tied the Primetime record long held by Cloris Leachman. Gold Derby was backstage in the press room, and we just had to ask Louis-Dreyfus what she feels about tying the iconic veteran.
“I don’t know what to say about it other than that I’m sort of numb,” Louis-Dreyfus told us. “I can’t believe it. I adore Cloris Leachman. All I think about is her in ‘Young Frankenstein’ going, ‘He was my boyfriend.’ I’m just incredibly honored and amazed that this has happened to me. It’s just all very baffling and a shit-ton of good luck.”
Louis-Dreyfus submitted the sixth season finale “Groundbreaking” for Emmy consideration. In the half-hour, ex-President Selina Meyer prepares for the start of construction on her presidential library at Yale University. But her political capital on a significant upswing after the truth about her freeing Tibet finally leaks to the public, so Selina torpedoes the college’s planned groundbreaking in order to kick off a new campaign for the presidency.
According to Gold Derby’s exclusive odds, Louis-Dreyfus was the frontrunner to win the Emmy for Best Comedy Actress with leading 1/5 odds. “Veep” also won Best Comedy Series for the third time in a row, and Louis-Dreyfus earned a trio of additional producing trophies each of those times, bringing her career total to 11. See the complete list of 2017 Emmy winners.