The 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards took place on Jan. 10, 2016, at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here is what this Golden Globe winner said backstage in the Golden Globe Awards press room.
Best Actress in TV Series – Musical or Comedy
Congratulations to you. From the time they started calling that category until they said and “the winner is,” take us through that whole thing?
I could tell something was happening because they had a camera in my face when I called the act, when the show went back on and the whole time I was looking into [“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend executive producer] Aline [Brosh McKenna’s] eyes, and they said my name and my eyes went wide and I kissed my husband. It was a sense of nervous calm.
It is a dream come true. It is still happening. I still feel like I am saying my name. I hope didn’t say anything crazy in my speech. I have done stand-up so I know when they give you the light you have to wrap it up. But yeah, I am so happy.
Congratulations. In your speech you mentioned this idea, a couple years ago you were on YouTube and everybody passed on you and how gratifying that feeling is. Can you expand on that and speak to younger kids who are trying to come up in the industry and how important consistency is?
I have been doing videos on YouTube for years before Aline saw them. Before Aline discovered me, I actually pitched two other musical television shows that no one gave a fuck about. One of them was a show for a network that I wrote a song for and I went into the rooms and literally did a song and dance and I sang in the executive’s faces and they are like, “Oh, pass.”
So when I got the email from Aline saying that she had seen one of my music videos of Disney cartoons was historically accurate and Aline is the most brilliant writer in the world, she is. She’s right there. So we started working on the show and we knew instantly we wanted to call it “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” and we made a pilot that we were so incredibly proud of and they passed.
When a network passes you really mourn the show because it is very rare, it is very rare, Aline says the official state of grief is taking around a dead pilot. All these other places passed. We knew we made a good half-hour pilot and then we saw “Jane the Virgin” and had the idea to send it to CW. They said they were maybe considering it and within two days of us finding out, we got it we were being considered for fall. So it wasn’t going and then it was going. So that’s it in a nutshell, a big nutshell.
After the award you have won when you finally get a hiatus, where would you love to get away to in the world, where would you love to go?
I think I am planning on going to Israel in a couple months and I am really excited to go. Two of our best friends live there and my husband and I are making a plan to go there. I say homeland. I say homeland, but my ancestors aren’t there. They are open to Jews. That’s how it works. Jews, we’ll talk, let me know how it goes.
So your show mark history after it portrayed a Filipino family Thanksgiving dinner on American television for the first time. So how much did you learn about Filipino culture?
I have learned so much about Filipino culture. What’s insane is we are not fresh off the boat about specifically being Filipino. One of our characters happened to be Filipino, so when we realized that no one had made the effort to show a Filipino family on an American comedy, it is talking a lot about Filipino culture, Mubahi, but it has also taught me really about how important diversity is if you want to tell a new story. I don’t think anything else I do from now I, I was talking to my husband about this earlier, I would want to make it about people who are diverse, gay, trans, because those are stories that have not been told before and America is a melting pot of immigrants and I don’t think it is acknowledged half as much as it is on television.
In Episode 18 we Celebrity Interviews, Golden Globes, Golden Globe Awards, Golden Globe interviews,are so proud to see Lea Solanga will be guest starring and when events who plays Josh Chandler he literally fainted to the ground. So we are so excited to be seen as a show that supports all different sorts of people and supports diversity because that’s what America is, and we are just showing what America really is.
Gina Rodriguez from “Jane the Virgin” won this same Golden Globe Award in 2015. How do I hope this will change how people see the network?
The CW has supported us creatively every step of the way, it is weird. I am not blowing smoke up their ass. They give us great notes. They support us creatively, all those things you hear about networks trying to stifle contented or change the show. We have not gotten that from CW. As far as I know the CW let’s creators create and it gives you freedom and throws love and support at you. I think the CW is fan-f*cking fantastic.
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