Primetime Emmy Award winner Shohreh Aghdashloo – who received a nod for her work on HBO mini-series House of Saddam – speaks of her feelings whenever she sees that glistening Emmy gold.
Primetime Emmy Tally
How She Got the Gold
In 2009, as outstanding supporting actress, for the HBO mini-series House of Saddam.
“When I took the role of Sajida, wife of Saddam Hussein, I realized she was a complex person. She had great patience, she was fearless — she lived with this man for decades and was really in love with him. She was Saddam’s cousin; she and her brother and Saddam would run around barefoot when they were children. They were called the Three Musketeers.”
“There was a scene in which Sajida finds out that Saddam has had her brother killed, which really did happen. I played it full force, running and shouting at him. Afterwards the director asked me why my character wasn’t afraid of Saddam. I said, ‘She and he had been raised together. Everybody else was afraid of him, but she wasn’t.’”
24’s Dina Araz, wife, mother and terrorist. “That show still has so many fans all around the world. In a bazaar in Marrakesh, this little boy was following me. I thought he wanted money, but he wanted to know if I was the artist from 24! I bought him a sandwich and told him how happy I was that he watched the show.”
“When they called my name, my husband had to reassure me that I had won. I was speechless. By the time I got on stage, I was not in this world. I was so proud and honored. But I wish someone had told me to breathe, because I couldn’t catch my breath.”
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“When I was a child, every time I got a good grade, my mother would buy me a doll. I still collect dolls, and each time I look at them, it gives me a good feeling. It’s the same with my Emmy. Each time I look at it, with its golden shine, I feel like I’ve done my job right. It makes me feel happy.”