Allison Janney is now a five-time Emmy-winning actress!
Janney, 54, was awarded her fifth Emmy trophy at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Saturday, Aug. 16, for her recurring role as the unfulfilled wife Margaret Scully in Showtime's period drama, "Masters of Sex," Variety reported.
She beat out Kate Burton (Scandal), Jane Fonda (The Newsroom), Kate Mara (House of Cards), Margo Martindale (The Americans) and Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones) who were also nominated in the category Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.
Janney earned her first four Emmy awards for her outstanding performance (two as lead, two as supporting) in NBC's serial political drama "The West Wing," in which she portrayed the role of White House press secretary named C.J. Cregg, who later became chief of staff.
Janney's latest Emmy win was the first Emmy award for "Masters of Sex," which stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
When she accepted her award on stage, she offered thanks to the entire crew of the sex research series, giving special mention to the one who brought her a shot of bourbon before filming her first sex scenes.
In an interview with NPR earlier this month, Janney said that she was so nervous a few moments prior to filming her first sex scenes with Teddy Sears that she needed a shot of bourbon.
"I had to ask for just a little shot of courage before I had my first sex scene with Teddy Sears who is just the most gorgeous, wonderful, handsome specimen," she revealed. "When I say courage, just a little shot of bourbon ... I just wanted something to take the edge off because I was beyond nervous. Who gets to do a sex scene when you're 50?"
Janney said that Margaret has been one of her favorite roles to play. "She is closer to my personality than most characters I've played," she said backstage at the ceremony, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "I just loved the way she discovered what she was lacking in her life. It was such a quiet discovery."
She added, "I felt that Margaret Scully challenged me in ways that I've never been challenged before as an actress on so many levels - on an emotional level, on a physical level - and having to do sex scenes was extraordinarily nerve-wracking and stressful for me and something that I didn't think I'd have to do at this age, frankly."
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