The 66th primetime Emmy Awards was not the best night for Netflix. Though its critical hits “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” were nominated all the major categories, both walked away from the Aug. 25 awards show empty handed (though Uzo Aduba did win Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series at the Creative Arts Emmys on Aug. 16).
Many were upset that “Orange Is the New Black” lost Outstanding Comedy Series to “Modern Family,” even calling it the night’s biggest upset. Zap2it spoke to star Lorraine Toussaint, who played Vee in Season 2, about what she thinks caused the TV Academy to turn a blind eye on Netflix.
“I don’t know. It’s curious, isn’t it?” she admits on the HBO Emmys party red carpet. “I don’t know how the politics of this actually works, I just know how to do ‘the work.’ Maybe we’re in the wrong category. It’s such a new model. But I know people are watching it, and I know people are loving it.”
It’s clear at least she isn’t heartbroken about the losses. “Here’s the darn thing: There’s been a lot of really, really good work out there also. It isn’t like the people who won were slouches, it isn’t like they didn’t have a good show or really give amazing performances,” Toussaint says. “‘Orange’ is going to be around for a long time, and there’s next year, and the year after that and the year after that. This is the new model, and I bet they’re learning a lot as they’re going along.”
Toussaint also says that the “OITNB” cast isn’t one that needs the validation of Emmy nominations or wins to feel satisfied with their work. “We’re journeyman actors. We really are old school journeyman actors,” she says. “This [the party] is lovely, and tomorrow we go back to work which is what it’s really about, and that’s where I get my real joy is in the trenches.”
It will be the 2015 Emmys that give Toussaint a chance at a nomination for her arc in Season 2. Though she had a fairly finite end to her arc on the Netflix series, she does hold out some hope to be back in Season 3.
“I’ve been told that Vee is dead. I was there when she got hit,” she says, adding, “I don’t know that [she] is dead, because she does survive. I’ve been saying: I think she’s alive somewhere in the universe, which is hopefully nowhere near you and me.”