Viola Davis on Jon Hamm Congratulating Her on Her Historic Emmys Win: 'He's Pretty Handsome'
"Taraji P. Henson ... is the most supportive actress you can possibly imagine," Davis said after the 67th Emmy Awards.
Sunday was a big night for Viola Davis.
The 50-year-old made history at Sunday’s 67th Emmy Awards by becoming the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for outstanding lead actress in a drama series. But amid the barrage of praises and well-wishes following her historic win, kudos from a certain newly-single actor seemed to stand out from the rest.
“Jon Hamm!” Davis told PEOPLE in the Emmys press room about the Mad Men star congratulating her after her win. “He’s pretty handsome.”
She said that her husband congratulated her too, before adding, “I’m excited when anyone congratulates me.”
“You guys have to realize, I’ve been in this business 35 years, and 27 years professionally I’m just excited to be part of the conversation. I’ve seen the unemployment line a lot, man.”
Now, to celebrate, Davis said she has two things on her mind: calling her daughter and eating.
“Bread. Desert,” she told reporters before adding: “You know, if you eat bread in Hollywood you’re subversive.”
The actress won the Emmy for her portrayal of Annalise Keating in How to Get Away with Murder. She delivered an emotional acceptance speech, highlighting the struggles black actresses face. She thanked other actresses of color including Kerry Washington, Halle Berry, Gabrielle Union, Meagan Good and Taraji P. Henson, who was nominated for the same award.
But The Help actress had more to say about Henson off the stage:
“Taraji P. Henson, and it’s very, very, very rare to find this in the business. She is the most supportive actress you can possibly imagine, supportive in ways you can’t even begin to understand, and is genuine.
“I’ve been in this business close to 30 years, and I would put her at the top of this list in terms of support,” Davis continued. “We just whispered to each other, whoever gets it, it’s great, it’s wonderful and I love you.”