Christina Gandolfo
September 15, 2020
Me and My Emmy

Me and My Emmy: Shauna Duggins

Shauna Duggins takes pride in telling a story through stunts.

Primetime Emmy Tally: Two

How She Got the Gold: For outstanding stunt coordination for a comedy series or variety program in 2018 and 2019, for Netflix's GLOW, which depicts a women's wrestling circuit of the 1980s.

Now for the Noms: Duggins was also nominated for outstanding stunt coordination in 2006 for her work on ABC's Alias.

Treasure Trove: "My Emmy statues are in our family room on a bookshelf with our son's proudest Lego builds right below. It's such a nice mix that shows our world."

Team Players: "Working on GLOW is special. Our cocreator– coshowrunners, Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, have very creative minds and have built a team that is happy to be there. The actresses were asked to do something completely out of their comfort zone, but they come in every day ready to trust, work and learn.

[Executive producer] Jenji Kohan and Netflix have been amazing — you have support when you need it, but they also let you have space to be creative."

Springboard to the Biz: "I was a gymnast my whole life, then got into martial arts. When I moved to Los Angeles, I heard there was a gymnastics club that had open sessions. I went in to train, and that day ended up changing my life. I met some of the most amazing stuntmen, who became friends, peers and mentors. I knew from then on what I wanted to do."

Risk and Reward: "Stunt performers work so hard and take risks to make someone's vision come to life. We take a lot of pride in that. It's never just about performing the stunt — it's about how to tell the story through the stunt."

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This article originally appeared in emmy magazine, Issue No. 9, 2020


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