Why Allison Janney's First Sex Scene Was 'Tragically Wrong and Funny'
"They started spraying us with glistening stuff to make us look sweaty, but no one seemed to realize that we were standing on a marble floor," says Janney
Allison Janney isn’t an Olympian, but she still has the chance to break a world record this year.
If the actress wins the Emmys for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy for Mom and outstanding guest actress for Masters of Sex (as she did last year), Janney would break Cloris Leachman‘s record for most Primetime Emmy wins.
“I feel the pressure,” Janney, 56, tells PEOPLE. “But truthfully I’m just happy to be invited to the party.”
Regardless of whether she breaks the record, Janney has enjoyed a long and prosperous career in Hollywood – not that it hasn’t had its bumps along the road.
In a video exclusive to PEOPLE, Janney recalls her first sex scene, which was with actor Michael Lerner in the 2010 film Life During Wartime.
“We had to have sex up against a wall and they started spraying us with glistening stuff to make us look sweaty, but no one seemed to realize that we were standing on a marble floor,” she says. “They said action and he … pulled me up against the wall and his feet slipped out from under him and he went crashing down on the floor.”
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Janney adds that the incident “had the set laughing for almost an hour. We almost couldn’t go back to work.”
The actress also couldn’t stop laughing either, but Lerner actually had to go to the hospital.
“It was terrible, but it was one of those moments I’ll never forget,” Janney says. “It was absolutely just tragically wrong and funny.”
The 68th Primetime Emmy Awards will air Sept. 18 on ABC.