So nearly two weeks ago, getting everyone settled in back to school mode, I woke up to a huge surprise: I had won a Creative Arts Emmy for my guest role on Glee! This was especially meaningful, as my father (who made great TV shows back in the day—”The White Shadow”, “St. Elsewhere”) had been nominated and lost the Emmys nine times. So I’m pretty chuffed about the whole thing. And my dad would have been over the moon. Anyway, I was asked to present at the big Emmy telecast so I hopped on a plane! And may I please thank Ryan Murphy for thinking up Holly Holliday and deciding to call me up about her. Wow. And thanks to the whole Glee family who are among some of the best people I’ve ever had the good fortune to work with.
My journey to the Emmys starts Saturday morning in Paris where I stayed at the new and very gorgeous hotel Shangri-La Hotel, after a friend’s birthday dinner.
Eurostar back to London
Have a play at home with the kids before getting everyone ready to go to the airport.
British Airways Flight #269 London Heathrow to LAX
Arrive at LAX and head straight for my hotel. Lately, when I’m in Los Angeles for work, I’ve been staying at the beautiful and very centrally located Montage. Amazing service! Amazing! … I go right to bed as tomorrow’s an early wake-up.
Up, jetlagged, and taking care of email.
7:00 am – 9:00 am
I hit the Montage’s gym for a workout.
I stop by Sonya Dakar’s skin clinic for one of her amazing facials so I’m ready for the red carpet.
Kate’s mega make-up stash.
I change into my dress and I literally get sewn into it, while Kate finishes up.
Decisions, decisions … Which of these Neil Lane baubles should I borrow?
David Babaii helps me get into my shoes. No task is too small for David!
In the car, almost there …
Some major Audi traffic upon arrival at the Nokia Theater.
It’s red carpet time.
Ryan Murphy and I talk Glee with Access Hollywood.
It’s a minute to show time, and I find my seat in the second row (right behind the cast of 30 Rock!) The seat filler before me was sweaty … so my chair was wet. Gross!
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards begin, hosted by Jane Lynch from Glee!
I live for Tina Fey and I love Kenneth from 30 Rock! Wait … why does my arm look like that and since when do I have 9 chins?
I head backstage.
Last minute touch ups before getting on stage.
I present the award for “Outstanding Comedy Series.” The teleprompter clearly doesn’t work, so I ad lib.
The show’s over, and we head to an incredibly delicious dinner at Scarpetta. We did a big pasta tasting with some nice Pinot Nero. Just the thing.
Me the next morning, a bit worse for wear but hanging on to my blow out!
These beauties are going back to Neil Lane. Bye bye girls. I will miss you.
She needs to get whisked back to Paris.
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