During Sunday's Emmys, Julia-Louis-Dreyfus tearfully revealed that her father had died two days prior to the ceremony

By Scott Huver and Brittany King
Updated September 19, 2016 08:25 AM
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It was a bittersweet night for Julia Louis-Dreyfus who broke down in tears Sunday after accepting her seventh Emmy Award.

The actress revealed that her father, billionaire business mogul William Louis-Dreyfus, died two days earlier. Yet her costar says that if anyone could put on a brave face and attend the Emmys in those circumstances, it’s her.

“I think that there is something about Julia, like she is just the kind of person that can do something like tonight under those circumstances,” Veep costar Timothy Simons, told PEOPLE while attending the HBO Emmys afterparty. “It’s amazing. I mean, it’s amazing. She is a trooper, and yeah it’s a crazy.”

“That’s an incredibly hard thing to do under those circumstances, but it doesn’t surprise me that she’s able to handle it,” the 38-year-old actor continued. “There’s … I mean, nothing that she does would ever surprise me.”

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During the awards, Louis-Dreyfus, 55, tearfully accepted her award for outstanding lead actress in a comedy series and told the audience, “Lastly, I’d like to dedicate this to my father, William Louis-Dreyfus, who passed away on Friday. I’m so glad that he liked Veep because his opinion was the one that really mattered.”