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Live From the Emmy Press Room: Jean Smart and Zeljko Ivanek



Two of tonight's Emmy winners, Jean Smart and Zeljko Ivanek, stopped by the press room a few minutes ago. Ivanek's stay was pretty short, but he said he was "incredibly pleased" that his win will get Damages out there. "It's a little tougher for a cable show to get the same traction and same attention," he said.

Meanwhile, Smart praised Christina Applegate for setting the tone on the Samantha Who? set that enabled her to win. "I've never seen an actress so beloved by cast and crew as Christina," she said. "She's just a pro. She's fun. She's not demanding. She never makes a big deal out of anything. I love her."

This is Smart's third Emmy (she won two for her guest role on Frasier several years back). Looking back on her career, she said she was glad to have gotten to play so many different roles. "I've never been pigeonholed," she said. "I've never been typecast." Smart also had some interesting things to say about women's roles in Hollywood, so to read about that, just read more.

Talking about being a woman in Hollywood, she said, "A lot of times you'll see a film and it might be about women and it might not do particularly well, and everyone will say, 'Oh, nobody wants to see those kinds of movies.' Nobody says, 'Well, maybe they didn't do it well. Maybe they didn't cast it well.' Obviously the bottom line is important, but anything that would make a film or a television show better is free. You write it better, you cast it better . . . it's free."

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