Starting Saturday night, Luz Judith and Jasmine Guy were finally able to add “Emmy winner” to their list of professional accomplishments. The couple collected trophies at the first night of the two-part Creative Arts Emmy Awards, held at the Peacock Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
After decades as working actors, the emotional moment of hearing their names named as winners was significant.
“It’s about the fact that this Academy has recognized me in this way, which is huge,” said Light, who has earned four previous nominations. She won the award for guest actress in a comedy series for her role opposite Natasha Lyonne on Peacock’s “Poker Face.” “I’ve been in the business for a long time. “It is a great gift to be nominated along with all these other women in this category who I still admire and who I believe are not only incredible artists but also extraordinary human beings.”
Guy appeared on the hit NBC comedy “A Different World” from 1987 to 1993 and counts “Harlem Nights” and “Fame” among his credits. Unlike Light, Guy took home an Emmy with his first nomination. Guy said she felt “embraced” by the Television Academy upon winning best actress in a short comedy or drama series for “Chronicles Of Jessica Wu.”
“I appreciate that my creative community has kept me in their loving arms,” Guy said as he admired his new hardware.
During his acceptance speech, Light called last year “challenging,” referring to the SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, which delayed the Emmy festivities beyond the usual September schedule. “To all of you for your perseverance, your artistry, your substance and your resilience, it was an honor to be in the industry with all of you,” Light said.
Behind the scenes, Light had the opportunity to delve deeper into the strength of the industry. She said: “We are a resilient industry. We are people of purpose. “We are also people of service, and a lot of what happened last year was to support other people.” Light continued: “It’s very important to focus on various points and all the things that were actually obtained because it was a challenge and it was a challenge for everyone.”
Light also emphasized that despite the glitz and glamor surrounding Hollywood, actors are workers who need to support each other to do their best work.
“We often forget that we are a service company. We give a performance, we give each other a set,” she said. “We are the people who look at us. It’s about giving. If you are in this industry to try to achieve something new, you are in a really bad contextual framework. I look at our industry and see how resilient everyone was. I see how they persevered, how they were kind to each other. “I wanted to talk about it because I am proud to be in this community and in this industry.”