Perhaps the best word to describe Carrie Prestons Emmy win Sunday night is whirlwind.
The Macon native earned her first Emmy Sunday night in the category of Guest Actress in a Drama for her recurring role as quirky attorney Elsbeth Tascioni on CBS The Good Wife. But Preston has had little time to savor the achievement. Monday, she was in an airport waiting to catch a flight to New York to shoot a guest appearance on Foxs The Following, before flying back to Los Angeles to be a presenter for the televised Emmy awards Sunday.
It was so extraordinary and unexpected, Preston said of winning.
The night itself was a whirlwind, Preston told The Telegraph. Because there are more than 80 categories presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, winners were given less than a minute from the time their names were called to get to the stage and give their speeches before the orchestra music started playing to cut them off.
Its a very long ceremony, she said. Its brutal. Your name is called and you only have 45 seconds. People were sprinting down the aisles.
Preston was up against Margo Martindale (FXs The Americans); Diana Rigg (HBOs Game of Thrones); Linda Cardellini (AMCs Mad Men); Joan Cusack (Showtimes Shameless); and Jane Fonda (HBOs The Newsroom), who had already beaten Preston at the Critics Choice Awards earlier this year.
Preston said she thought the award would go to Fonda or Cardellini, but she prepared herself nonetheless. When her name was called, I was in utter shock. I was in get-on-stage mode.
Preston managed to get in her remarks before the orchestra could play her off the stage.
It was pretty much an out-of-body experience, she said. When I got backstage, I almost collapsed.
Preston, who is a regular on the HBO series True Blood, said she already has filmed one episode of The Good Wife for the upcoming season and hopes to film a second one before True Blood begins production in January on its final season.
Preston said her The Good Wife characters blossoming romance with the character Josh Perotti, played by Kyle MacLachlan, currently is on hold because of MacLachlans busy schedule, but she hopes to work with MacLachlan again. Meanwhile, Elsbeth, the scatterbrained but genius attorney, will be representing the fictional law firm Lockhart-Gardner in a case.
She also hopes to soon return to the CBS drama Person of Interest, where she has the recurring role as the true love for her real-life husband, Michael Emerson, one of the shows leads.
Theres rumblings that might happen, she said. It comes down to logistics, but thats such a special role for me.
Preston said its a bittersweet feeling that True Blood is wrapping up, since it was a breakout role for her.
It was a life-changing experience, she said. Weve all been on this journey. It feels like an epic moment. But were going out on a high, which is good. I hate it when a show wears out its welcome.
In addition to her TV work, Preston also is co-producing and starring in an independent movie being shot in North Carolina called Your A-- Is Grass.
Preston also directed three episodes of a web series called Darwin, about a life coach whose own life is falling apart. Preston and others are hoping to raise funds for that series on Kickstarter, where the episodes she directed will be featured beginning next week.
Because of her win Sunday, shes presenting at this weekends primetime Emmys, though she doesnt know in which category.
I think Ill be nervous, she said with a laugh. Its a live event and very high-profile.
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