Currently starring in CBS series Mom — which recently garnered a Television Academy Honor award — Allison Janney reveals how she decided where her Emmy would live once she got the golden statuette home.
Primetime Emmy Tally
How She Got the Gold
In 2000-02 — and again in ‘04 — as outstanding lead actress, for NBC’s The West Wing. She played C.J. Cregg, the White House press secretary who later became chief of staff.
Now for the Noms
Two additional nominations in the same category, for the same show, in 2003 and ‘06.
State of Grace:
“C.J. was a spectacular character who held her own in a male-dominated arena with a tremendous amount of grace, and without losing her femininity or sense of humor. She became a role model and an inspiration to women of all ages.”
Let ‘Er Rip
“Bonnie [on her current CBS comedy, Mom] is a character so opposite who I am as a person, and because of that, she is enormously fun to play. She’s a no-holds-barred, bull-in-a-china-shop tornado — and I am having the time of my life.”
“My very first Emmy win is a moment I will never forget. I had never won an award for anything before, so when I heard my name called, it was like I was in a dream — a wonderful, magical dream.”
Must Be the Place: “The television in my living room was surrounded by shelves stuffed with books. When I was deciding where to put my Emmys, a friend said, ‘They should be near the TV — that’s why you won them.’ So we cleared the books off and lined the Emmys up right over the TV.”
A Simple Plan: “I am continually grateful that I was asked to be a part of The West Wing. There’s also relief that I didn’t have to go to my back-up career plan — ’cause I didn’t have one!”
Originally published in the Emmy magazine issue no. 2014-03