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Live From the Emmy Press Room: Jean Smart and Zeljko Ivanek

Two of tonight's Emmy winners, Jean Smart and Zeljko Ivanek, stopped by the press room a few minutes ago. Ivanek's stay was pretty short, but he said he was "incredibly pleased" that his win will get Damages out there. "It's a little tougher for a cable show to get the same traction and same attention," he said.

Meanwhile, Smart praised Christina Applegate for setting the tone on the Samantha Who? set that enabled her to win. "I've never seen an actress so beloved by cast and crew as Christina," she said. "She's just a pro. She's fun. She's not demanding. She never makes a big deal out of anything. I love her."

This is Smart's third Emmy (she won two for her guest role on Frasier several years back). Looking back on her career, she said she was glad to have gotten to play so many different roles. "I've never been pigeonholed," she said. "I've never been typecast." Smart also had some interesting things to say about women's roles in Hollywood, so to read about that, just


Talking about being a woman in Hollywood, she said, "A lot of times you'll see a film and it might be about women and it might not do particularly well, and everyone will say, 'Oh, nobody wants to see those kinds of movies.' Nobody says, 'Well, maybe they didn't do it well. Maybe they didn't cast it well.' Obviously the bottom line is important, but anything that would make a film or a television show better is free. You write it better, you cast it better . . . it's free."


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lexichloe lexichloe 8 years
Jean Smart is amazing. I was so happy for her win and her words regarding CA.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i think that it shows a certain level of class the way that jean speaks about christina and her career in general. i'm proud of her for making sure htat people see that it's not just her that won the award -that christina and everyone involved made the show what it is.
yeokr yeokr 8 years
i totally agree with uptown_girl - jean smart's dress was my absolute favorite tonight. absolutely gorgeous!
uptown_girl uptown_girl 8 years
Yall should of put Jean Smart on FabSugar. She looked FABULOUS!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
I love Jean Smart! Congrats to her!
robinesque robinesque 8 years
I have enjoyed a lot of Zeljko's work where he plays manic depressives and losers. Glad for him. Jean Smart is another fascinating actress.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
I've loved Jean since Designing Women. She's a class act.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Damages is such a wonderful show. Hope that more viewers will tune in this season to see what makes it great. Smart's observations about casting, writing and directing decisions are quite interesting.
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