Regina King approached the Emmys podium Monday night with pulled back twists and genuine surprise for winning an award for her role in Seven Seconds.
Although just moments before she had dropped lipstick on her neon yellow dress, and was trying to remove the stain, King revealed just how shocked she was to actually win in her competitive category right away.
“Really? Say word,” she told the room. “Wow, I didn’t have nothing to say because I wasn’t really expecting this.”
During her impromptu speech she admitted, “I wanna curse right now,” and gave a shout out to her son, Ian Alexander, asserting that the golden statue in her hands was “no cap.”
The veteran actress also went on thank the Television Academy and her fellow actors.“Y’all are my friends, my peers, thank you, thank you, thank you,” she said looking straight into the crowd.
King was the first Black person to receive an award during the evening, which made significant improvements in terms of the diversity of presenters and nominees, but not so much in the winners circle.