But the actress, who nabbed a limited-series lead actress nod for her role as Gloria Burgle on FX’s “Fargo,” was hoping that her other series, HBO’s “The Leftovers,” would get more Emmys love. That show, which signed off last month after three seasons, earned just one nomination this year, for Ann Dowd as best guest actress in a drama.
“I was very hopeful to see Justin [Theroux]’s name for best drama actor — I was a little heartbroken about that,” she told TheWrap. “I was a little heartbroken for my friends because I’m so proud of our final season.”
Coon said she was pleased about the recognition for the “great” Dowd but was a little surprised that the show didn’t receive more of an Emmys sendoff following its final run.
“We’ve never been recognized by the Emmys — we didn’t necessarily count on it this year,” Coon explained. “We were just a little more hopeful because of all the wonderful, thoughtful pieces that have been written about the show. It really resists any trite conversation. We’re very proud of it, and I think history will be very kind to the show. I think it’s one of the great shows that will continue to resonate.”
Although some awards pundits had predicted that Coon’s “Leftovers” role could lead to her second nomination of the morning, she told TheWrap that she “truthfully” didn’t expect to hear her name called for “The Leftovers.”
But she is delighted with the “Fargo” nod, which sees her pitted against fierce competition, including the stars of HBO’s “Big Little Lies” (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon) and FX’s “Feud” (Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon).
“My category is absolutely ridiculous — it’s filled with women who have been in this business longer than me and have been just turning out incredible performance after incredible performance for decades, when you add them together,” Coon said. “I couldn’t be more honored to be considered among them.”
That said, one person close to the actress really had high hopes about doubling up on the celebrating.
“My mom was disappointed — my mom was hoping for two Emmy nominations this morning,” Coon added with a laugh. “[I’m] like, ‘Mama, let’s be grateful for what we have.'”