Winning an Emmy 'Never Gets Old' for 'Transparent' 's Jeffrey Tambor

The six-time nominee and two-time winner took home his second Emmy statuette Sunday for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series

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Jeffrey Tambor knows a thing or two about winning awards – but that doesn’t mean the excitement ever wears off.

“It never gets old,” the Transparent star told PEOPLE on Sunday night after becoming a back-to-back Emmy winner for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series.

“I didn’t think I was going to win – I thought either Mr. [Anthony] Anderson or Mr. Aziz [Ansari] would, and I would have been fine with it!”

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Of what the award means to him, Tambor, 72, said knowing that fans are connecting with the material is the most special.

“There’s no best anything, but it means that people are paying attention to what you’re talking about, which is great,” he said.

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The actor also opened up about the societal importance of shows like Transparent – and his appeal to the entertainment industry to “give transgender talent a chance,” which he touched on during his poignant acceptance speech.

“The world is changing. We want deeper stories. We need deeper stories,” he said.

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“We need connection, we need to admire people, we need love,” he continued. “We need to feel everything is going to be fine and not be scared all the time.”

Transparent season 3 premieres Friday on Amazon.

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