Regina King might not have expected her award at the Emmys, but her friend, Taraji P. Henson sure knew how to tip her off.
In the annual awards ceremony that was held last Sunday, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard served as presenters for the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series/Movie honor. It was apparent that Henson could not contain her excitement before revealing King as the winner.
In a backstage interview with ET, King spoke fondly about her friendship with Henson. She also revealed that Henson’s premature reaction gave the idea that it was her name she’d be calling out.
“I was stunned,” King said. “Because that’s my girl, when she gasped, that’s when my heart started beating fast. She’s gotta be doing that for me, it’s gotta be me! And I had no idea she was gonna be doing that category!”
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Despite Henson’s giveaway, King’s reaction to her well-deserved win was sincere and priceless. Henson’s reaction to King’s win was equally memorable — she caught her friend in a tight embrace and cheered her on before she began her speech.
“I should have brought one of these papers all the comedy people had! I was not expecting this,” said King while accepting the award.
“I’m just going to listen to all the love that surrounds me,” King also added.
King, who was up against Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, and Angela Bassett for American Horror Story: Freak Show; Mo’Nique for Bessie, and Zoe Kazan for Olive Kitteridge, won for her role in the ABC crime drama, American Crime. This was King’s first Emmy nomination and win.
“It feels a bit surreal. I’m still digesting,” Regina told ET’s Kevin Frazier backstage. “I really wasn’t expecting it so, it’s so special that Taraji gave it to me.”
King’s son, Ian, served as her date to the awards ceremony. In her speech, she lovingly addressed her son who was sitting in the audience, and gushed about her role as his mother.
“The fact that I get to share this night with you, the best date in the house. You make being a mother my greatest accomplishment. Cheers,” Regina King said.