"I was so proud of her and so moved by her speech, which I thought was incredibly courageous," Washington said

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When Viola Davis took the stage at Sunday’s Emmys to receive her historic award for outstanding lead actress in a drama, her acceptance speech moved just about everyone, including fellow Shondaland star Kerry Washington.

“I was so proud of her and so moved by her speech, which I thought was incredibly courageous, just phenomenally bold and honest and beautiful,” Washington told Entertainment Weekly Editor Henry Goldblatt during a recent sit-down.

The moment left her in tears, but the Scandal star, 38, said she was “already a mess” that night having watched Regina King, another “dear friend,” win for her work on American Crime.

Even better, the award was presented by Taraji P. Henson

“As a woman and as a black woman, my head was exploding. It was so special,” Washington said. “And I was standing in the wings, so I got to give Regina one of her first hugs after winning.”