Jean Smart wins back-to-back Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
Smart defeated Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Kaley Cuoco (The stewardess), Elle Fanning (Great), Issa Rae (Insecure) and Quinta Brunson (Abbott Elementary School).
“Thank you for the second time for honoring this show,” the five-time winner said as she accepted her award onstage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles during the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards. Clever won the Emmy for Leading Actress last year for his performance on the HBO Max Series.
“As we all know, the second season of a show is kind of a litmus test,” Smart continued Monday night, adding that the cast and crew passed with flying colors. “The crew went above, above, above and beyond,” she said.
Smart victory last year came in stride of the death of her late husband, Richard Gilliland. “He would be very happy for me,” she told ET during the Emmys winners’ walk at the time. The couple, who met as co-stars on design womenmarried in 1987. Gilliland died in 2021 at 71 years old.
After receiving critical acclaim last year, hacks returned for Season 2 on May 12. ET spoke with Smart ahead of the season premiere, who explored how Deborah Vance (Smart) and writer Ava (Hannah Einbinder) continue to work together as they take on the legendary comedian’s stand-up act on a national tour across the country.
“I think it’s going to be just as good as the first season, if not better, because the second seasons are always scary,” Smart told ET of the new episodes. “Especially if you’re a big hit in the first season, everyone’s like, ‘OK, just show me. “”
“It’s at least as funny as the first season,” she said. promised later. “I’m thrilled. Second seasons are notoriously risky because everyone expects you to prove yourself if the first season was a hit, but damn it, the writers found the merchandise. is really great.”
In addition to Smart and Einbinder, the returning cast included fellow Emmy nominees Carl Clemons-Hopkins as Deborah’s COO, Marcus, and Jane Adams as Ava’s mother, Nina.
The rest of the set included Downs as Deborah and Ava’s manager, Jimmy, Christopher McDonald as casino owner Marty Ghilain, Kaitlin Olson as Deborah’s daughter, DJ, Poppy Liu as Kiki, Rose Abdoo as Josefina, Mark Indelicato as Damien, Meg Stalter as Kayla, Angela E. Gibbs as Marcus’ mother, Robin, Johnny Sibilly as Wilson, and Lorenza Izzo as Ruby.
“I just can’t wait for everyone to see season two,” Indelicato said, referring to season two’s “amazing” guest stars, including Laurie Metcalf, who is finally seen as the road lead in the trailer, Martha Kelly, Ming-Na Wen, Margaret Cho and Devon Sawa. “It’s absolutely wild.”
Even Smart couldn’t help but talk about the extra star power. “Oh my god. Wait until you see [them]”, she said, adding that it was “so much fun” having them on set.