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Emmys Backstage: Laura Dern on Her Amazing Year and ‘Great Good Fortune’

”It’s a dream come true,“ actress added following her Emmy win

Laura Dern won an Emmy Sunday for her performance as the strained, intense suburban housewife Renata on “Big Little Lies,” but it’s only a cap on an already excellent year for the actress.

We’ve talked before about how this is Dern’s year thanks in part to her performance on “Big Little Lies,” but also her recent turn in “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

When asked about her year, the winner for Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie could only call out her luck.

“Well I have zero explanation except just great good fortune and directors who I consider my family, like Jean Marc Vallee, and we just continue the party like David Lynch,” Dern told reporters following her Emmy win.

She also gave some advice to people who hope to have as good a year as her, and it includes “finding your tribe and sticking with it,” and always looking to “play different complicated, interesting, exciting characters.”

“It’s a dream come true,” she added.

She wasn’t the only “Big Little Lies” actor to earn accolades Sunday night. Alexander Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman both won for their performances. The show, which also won for Outstanding Limited Series, has received praise for its portrayal of women and its numerous complex female characters.

“Thank God we’re seeing more and more women,” Dern said. “Revolution creates voice and voice is exciting… It’s a beautiful time to be female.”

As for the question on everybody’s lips — whether there will be a Season 2 — Dern said it’s up to original book author Liane Moriarty. Either way, Moriarty has created a special world.

“Let’s start with Liane Moriarty’s words. She created these characters that were adapted so brilliantly, so such a thank you to her and an endless thank you to our producers,” Dern said. “I’m so moved by what Liane and David [E. Kelley] and Jean Marc did with ‘Big Little Lies….’ I think the show was delicious to watch and fun to get inside of and that was such a blessing but it was speaking so directly to… sticking up for yourself.. I feel very proud.”