Ann Dowd beams with joy when discussing her ‘unbelievable’ Emmy triumph for ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ [RED CARPET INTERVIEW]

“I’ll never get over it, not as long as I live,” beams Ann Dowd when discussing her Emmy triumph last year for playing the devilish Aunt Lydia on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.” We chatted with Dowd on the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere for “Handmaid’s” Season 2, held Thursday night at the Chinese Theatre. “Every time I think about it or I go back to that moment, it’s the goosebumps from head to toe and I’ll be in tears in about two minutes. It’s just unbelievable.” Watch our exclusive video interview above.

Dowd’s fellow “The Handmaid’s Tale” cast members seemed especially proud of her victory at last year’s Emmy ceremony for Best Drama Supporting Actress. “How about that? The generosity of that? It’s humbling,” she confesses. “You are filled with honestly a profound gratitude because we’re all doing our job, right? We do the best we can. I mean, it was extraordinary.”

Where does Dowd keep her Emmy statue? “I have a special shelf that I like a lot and she has the second shelf because it’s a little closer to the eye line. She’s quite happy,” Dowd says with a wink.

Dowd is a frontrunner to repeat at the 2018 Emmys, according to our experts from major media outlets. In fact, 9 of our 11 experts think she’ll win again, which translates to leading 3/1 odds. They are: Debra Birnbaum (Variety), Eric Deggans (NPR), Joyce Eng (Gold Derby), Matthew Jacobs (Huffington Post), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Robert Rorke (New York Post), Peter Travers (Rolling Stone), Ken Tucker (Yahoo) and Adnan Virk (ESPN).

The other two experts are divided, with Chris Harnick (E!) opting for Dowd’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” co-star Alexis Bledel, and Ben Travers (IndieWire) forecasting Thandie Newton for the second season of “Westworld.” Other top Best Drama Supporting Actress contenders include Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”), Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”), Chrissy Metz (“This Is Us”) and Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”).

Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before nominees are announced on July 12. And join in the fun debate over the 2018 Emmys taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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