Hollywood Really Loves Phoebe Waller-Bridge

The ”dirty, pervy, angry, messed-up” Brit helped Amazon have a hell of a night
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America loves a sardonic, self-effacing Brit, and it’s really working out for Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The creator-writer-star of Amazon Prime’s breakout hit Fleabag walked away with two statuettes at last night’s Emmy Awards, one for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and one for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

“It’s just really wonderful to know—and reassuring—that a dirty, pervy, angry, messed-up woman can make it to the Emmys,” she said during her first acceptance speech of the evening.

Her win over Julia Louis-Dreyfus—who’s won a bananas six Emmys for her portrayal of Selena Myer on Veep—was considered one of the night’s big upsets, but it felt like the room was with Waller-Bridge from the outset. (Same goes for Ava DuVernay and her Central Park Five biopic When They See Us.)

Amazon didn’t clean up at the same rate as perennially dominant HBO or fellow streamer Netflix, but it nearly swept the comedy categories thanks to Fleabag; on top of Waller-Bridge’s awards, the show won Outstanding Comedy Series and Best Directing for Comedy. Alex Borstein and Tony Shalhoub were also recognized for their supporting roles on the Amazon comedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

All of Amazon’s winners showed up for the network’s extremely well-attended party at the Chateau Marmont last night (also in attendance: Brett Gelman, Kevin Pollack, Jane Lynch, Heidi Klum, Jon Hamm, Lena Waithe, Jill Soloway, Beau Bridges, and a slew of other celebs), but Waller-Bridge was the only one to get a round of applause when she stepped into the room.

On a less sunny note, Waller-Bridge confirmed to reporters that Fleabag won’t be back for a third season, saying, “This just feels like the most beautiful, beautiful way to say goodbye to it. It does feel nice to go out on a high. You can’t get higher than this.”


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