Alec Baldwin, whose recurring role as President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” earned him the Emmy for supporting actor in a comedy series, was the first winner to make it to the press room where winners come to chat after picking up their trophies back stage.
And while the first question he got arrived in a hard-to-understand accent – the reporter was from a Spanish media outlet – the gist of it got right down to business.
“How many more shows will it take to get rid of the white supremacist neo-Nazi in the White House?” the reporter asked.
“The answer is between three and 103, I’m not quite sure,” Baldwin replied.
Asked about the importance of the role in the real-world today, the 59-year-old, three-time Emmy winner demurred.
“I wouldn’t go as far as saying it has importance in our society,” he said. “But I do think people are overwhelmed. We’re in a situation where a critical mass of people don’t accept where we are. Every day that is reinforced by the thoughts and words and deeds of this person.
“They’re confused and in pain and they walk up to me all day long and slap me on the back and say, “Thank you for helping us deal with this in a small way,’” Baldwin said.
Bruce Miller, the creator of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” picked up the Emmy for writing for a drama series for the show, and backstage talked about how wonderful – and sometimes terrible – it has been to work on the dystopian drama.
“When Margaret Atwood wrote the book 30 years ago, everything that happened in the novel happened somewhere in the world to women,” Miller said. “You don’t want to make up violence against women, it just turns into a horrible pornographic television show then.
“Unfortunately we have so much to draw from around the world that we don’t have to do that,” he continued.
As how whether or how much the current political climate will influence the second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,“ Miller said it hadn’t in any intentional way, though of course its writers are aware of the real-world reflections that many have noted.
“I think that just as we approached season one it’s kind of on an unconscious level,” he said. “We don’t look at the news and try to follow it on the show, we follow Offred and what’s she’s undergoing in Gilead.”
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