Who will be the Best Comedy Actress nominees at this year’s Emmys? Gold Derby has hosted exclusive web chats with eight of this year’s contenders, including previous winners and first-time possibilities. Click the links below to be taken to their full interview.
Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”): Adlon plays Sam Fox, a struggling actress and single mother to three daughters. She contended for Best Comedy Actress last year for this series, which she also co-created, writes, directs and produces. She previously won an Emmy for “King of the Hill” (Best Voice-Over Performance in 2002) and was nominated four more times for “Louie” (Best Comedy Writing in 2013, Best Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015, and Best Comedy Guest Actress in 2015). (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Alison Brie (“GLOW”): Brie plays Ruth Wilder, a struggling actress-turned-professional wrestler who learns to embrace villainy in the ring when she creates an evil Soviet alter ego, Zoya the Destroyer. She has already received Golden Globe, SAG, and Critics Choice nominations for Best Comedy Actress for the show, as well as an additional SAG bid as a member of the ensemble cast. (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Minnie Driver (“Speechless”): Driver plays Maya DiMeo, the headstrong mother of a special needs child (Micah Fowler). She earned an Oscar nomination for “Good Will Hunting” (Best Supporting Actress in 1997) and previously competed at the Emmys for “The Riches” (Best Drama Actress in 2007) and “Return to Zero” (Best Movie/Mini Actress in 2014). (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Justina Machado (“One Day at a Time”): Machado plays Penelope Alvarez, a divorced military vet living with her mother (Rita Moreno) and two children in Los Angeles. Machado won a SAG Award as a member of the “Six Feet Under” ensemble cast (2004), and she was nominated again in 2005 and 2006. (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace”): Messing plays Grace Adler , an interior designer living with her gay best friend, Will (Eric McCormack). During the show’s original run between 1998 and 2006 Messing won an Emmy for Best Comedy Actress in 2003, and she was nominated four other times (2000-2002, 2006). She also contended for Best Movie/Mini Actress for “The Starter Wife” in 2007. (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Katy Mixon (“American Housewife”): Mixon plays Katie Otto, a strong-willed mother raising her family in an uptight, wealthy town. She previously received a Gotham Award nomination as part of the ensemble cast of the indie drama “Take Shelter” (2011). (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Mishel Prada (“Vida”): Prada plays Emma, a driven career-woman who returns to her East Los Angeles neighborhood following the death of her mother. (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Frankie Shaw (“SMILF”): Shaw plays Bridgette Bird, a 20-something single mom struggling to find a happy work-life balance. Shaw, who also created the series, earned Golden Globe nominations this year for Best TV Comedy Series and Best TV Comedy Actress. (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
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