Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage Thanks His Wife in Emmys Speech — After Forgetting Her Years Ago!
Peter Dinklage made sure to recognize his wife Erica Schmidt, whom he wed in 2005
The actor was awarded for his role on Game of Thrones. He was up against a crowded category of nominees: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), David Harbour (Stranger Things), Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Matt Smith (The Crown).
In his acceptance speech, Dinklage, 49, made sure to recognize his wife Erica Schmidt, whom he wed in 2005.
“Thank you, Erica, for putting up with me. I’m very temperamental and I love you very much,” he said, after noting that he forgot to thank her when he previously won the same category in 2015.
“Thank you [creators David Benioff and Daniel Brett Weiss] for changing my life. I cannot walk down the street anymore,” Dinklage joked. “George [R. R.] Martin for creating this darn thing,” he added.
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It is a sentimental win for Dinklage, as Game of Thrones is ending after season 8.
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“It’s time,” Dinklage told Variety in January. “Storywise, not just for all our lives. … It’s the perfect timing to end it. Sometimes shows stay on a little too long, the jumping-the-shark thing.”
“It’s bittersweet,” he added. “It’s always the sad part of our business. We get pockets of great people for a short amount of time and then you have to move on, and it’s always heartbreaking.”