Regina King Reveals How Taraji P. Henson Tipped Off She Was About to Win the Emmy

by Alex Ungerman 8:27 PM PDT, September 20, 2015
Playing Regina King Reveals How Taraji P. Henson Tipped Off She Was About to Win the Emmy

What an amazing friendship.

Taraji P. Henson announced Regina King as the Emmy winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series for her role in American Crime, and the Empire actress couldn't help but celebrate when congratulating her friend on the award.

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"That Taraji and Terrence presented me with this is pretty special," Regina said in her heartwarming acceptance speech, before noting that she brought her son, Ian, as a date. "The fact that I get to share this night with you, the best date in the house. You make being a mother my greatest accomplishment. Cheers."

Regina's reaction to her win was also so amazing and perfect.

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"It feels a bit surreal. I'm still digesting," Regina told ET's Kevin Frazier backstage immediately after her win. "I really wasn't expecting it so, it's so special that Taraji gave it to me."

Regina also confessed that when she saw Taraji gasp before announcing the winner, she had an excited indication of what would come.

"I was stunned," she said. "Because that's my girl, when she [gasped], that's when my heart started beating fast. 'She's gotta be doing that for me, it's gotta be me!' And I had no idea she was gonna be doing that category!"

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The 2015 Emmys were, as Andy Samberg said, "the most diverse Emmys ever," although there's certainly a long way to go. In a night that featured wins for Regina, Uzo Aduba for Orange is the New Black, and Viola Davis for How to Get Away With Murder, Regina celebrated her victory after years of fighting for more diversity in the awards show.

In 2011, Regina wrote at The Huffington Post, "I try hard in my daily life not to engage in uncomfortable situations regarding race. But sometimes it's very difficult to find other reasons that better explain why certain events play out the way they do."

You are amazing, Regina. Congratulations!