At the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Witherspoon, 41, told reporters that when Big Littles Lies won outstanding limited series it was an “out of body” experience.
“[It was] amazing, overwhelming,” the actress continued. “[I’m] so happy for my sisters in this process and this incredible family that we’ve built with HBO.”
“We got four nominations for different female performances,” she added. “I felt like that was a big moment.”
“[I] set out four years ago to create better roles for women in film and television,” Witherspoon continued. “That was the win. I felt like we won before we got there that night. Just to have this, it’s just icing on the cake. I feel so lucky.”
“I think it was an incredibly night with Handmaid’s Tale and Elizabeth Moss and so many amazing women winning, people of diverse backgrounds and other cultures,” she added. “I think television is really shining a light and creating more opportunities for people to see themselves represented on film. I think about the little kids out there that need to see themselves, and I think it’s a very inspiring moment.”
When asked who she was celebrating with tonight, Witherspoon replied, “With my girls. I’m so excited.”
“Reese, I share this with you,” Kidman said. “I have a huge artistic family who have supported me through all of my ups and downs.”
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“I also am a mother and a wife,” she continued. “I have two little girls — Sunny and Faith — and my darling [husband] Keith [Urban], whom I asked to help me pursue this artistic path, and they have to sacrifice so much for it. So, this is yours. I want my little girls to have this on their shelf and look at it and go, ‘Every time my mama didn’t put me to bed, it’s because of this. I got something!’ “
Also present at the afterparty were Laura Dern, who won for outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or a movie, and Alexander Skarsgård, who won for outstanding supporting actor in the same category. It was both Dern and Skarsgård’s first Emmy win to date.
Big Little Lies ended up walking away with 5 Emmys on Sunday, with director Jean-Marc Vallée also picking up a win for outstanding directing for a limited series, movie or dramatic special.
Despite its massive popularity, Kidman told reporters at the Summer Television Critics’ Association Press Tour that season 2 of Big Little Lies is “very up in the air unfortunately.”
“I believe their stories warrant [a second season] and I don’t want to abandon them. We don’t want to sell them short, either. But I’m hoping we can find it if we take the leap,” she added.