Surprising Facts about This Year’s Emmy Winners

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With the Emmys done, we’re heading into awards season, full tilt. Even without a host, the stage was dazzling with underdogs and old favorites, reminding us that we love television. This year’s winners are more than meets the eye; a high school dropout, a Tesco checkout girl, and a Yale graduate all snagged golden statues this year. Read on for surprising facts about the winners.

Billy Porter (“Pose”: Lead Actor, Drama) is well on his way to an EGOT (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony), and is the first openly gay black man to be nominated and win a lead actor Emmy.

Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”: Lead Actress, Drama) worked checkout for Tesco before she landed her first television job. She went from bagging groceries to bagging an Emmy, all before she turned 30.

Tony Shaloub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: Supporting Actor, Comedy) is no academic slouch, he received his master’s degree from the Yale School of Drama. He works hard and has numbers to prove it; 38 award nominations,7 wins. Schaloub even has a Grammy nomination; best spoken word album for children.

Bill Hader (“Barry”: Lead Actor, Comedy) actually moved to LA to become a director. After landing “Saturday Night Live,” he’d get panic attacks before going on stage. He overcame the anxiety through meditation and these days he unwinds watching true crime shows. In the words of Us Weekly, “Stars, they’re just like us!”

Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”: Outstanding Comedy), exploited her own perviness to make Fleabag into the television treasure it is. Surprisingly, she comes from a line of pretty respectable Brits. Her maternal grandfather was knighted as a Baronet of Hitcham. On her father’s side, her Victorian-era ancestor was a member of Parliament.

Patricia Arquette (“The Act”: Supporting Actress, Limited Series), has cultivated a following since True Romance. Her weirdest fan might be Nicholas Cage, who pledged to marry her after meeting her in a deli, and they were shockingly wed shortly after. Despite separating after only 9 months, the divorce didn’t finalize for another 15 years.

Jharrel Jerome (“When They See Us”: Lead Actor, Limited Series) is a true break-out star, going from acclaimed Moonlight to the gut-wrenching Netflix series. He also has a passion for music and promises a hip-hop career to come.

Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”: Lead Actress, Limited Series), charming and iconic, didn’t have an easy go of it as a kid. After moving from Montana to California she dropped out after her freshman year due to severe bullying. She later got her GED.

John Oliver (“Last Week Tonight”: Writing, Variety Series) would trade in his successful career, if he could become a football He’s never quite gotten over his boyhood dream of being a professional player.

Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”: Supporting Actor, Drama) got his iconic face scar because of his punk-funk-rap band Whizzy. He took a knee to the temple and like a true rock star, kept the show going, dirty bar napkin pressed to the wound.