Me and My Emmy: Eddie Perez
Eddie Perez reflects on his Shameless wins.
Primetime Emmy Tally: Two
How He Got the Gold: As stunt coordinator for Showtime's Shameless in 2016 and 2017.
Now for the Noms: Perez has been nominated three times for his work on Shameless.
Winning with Friends: "When I won my first Emmy, the presenters were Ken Jeong and his stunt double, Phil Tan, who's a longtime friend. I went onstage, and Phil and I hugged. It was great to receive the award from a peer I admire and respect."
Path to the Prize: "I studied exercise physiology and worked as a personal trainer. While training Anthony Michael Hall and Mickey Rourke, I spent time on set and became interested in stunts. My childhood friend Esai Morales was doing a film, and he asked me to stand in for him. That was my first job as a stuntman. After that I went to Paul Stader's stunt classes and began my quest to make it a career."
Write of Way: "What makes working on Shameless special is the great writing. It's fun to read the episodes and then think of how to complement the writing with the action. I look forward to sitting with our producers, director and department heads to come up with the best way to accomplish a scene."
Team Effort: "The best part of my job is seeing the final product and knowing what went into accomplishing the stunts. I really enjoy the process and knowing I'm one part of the Shameless family.
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This article originally appeared in emmy magazine, Issue No. 1, 2020