When it comes to consolation awards, Courteney Cox sees her long-awaited Emmy nomination as too little, too late.
The 57-year-old actor was the only “Friends” lead actor not to receive an Emmy nomination in the show’s 10 seasons. But her luck seemed to run out earlier this month when she was recognized as the executive producer of HBO Max’s “Friends: The Reunion,” which was nominated for Outstanding Variety Special (pre-recorded).
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly this week, however, Cox admitted that she felt ambivalent upon hearing the news, even though she was “so happy” to be on the special.
“Honestly, I’m so happy the reunion has been recognized because I think it’s great,” she said. “[Director] Ben Winston did a great job and all his crew. It wasn’t exactly the Emmy I was looking for. I’m honest with you.
“I’m so thrilled to have been able to do it on stage in this same studio, the same Stage 24, with these amazing people that I love so much,” she continued. “This Emmy [nomination] really belongs to Ben Winston. … So yes, I am so happy. But when I was on Howard Stern, I didn’t talk about that.
In June, Cox joined Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow on “The Howard Stern Show” for a large interview in which she revealed she felt personally disappointed never to have received an Emmy nomination when “Friends” was on. aired from 1994 to 2004..
“When every member of the cast was nominated except me, it definitely hurt me,” she said. “I was happy for everyone, and then when I finally said, ‘Oh, am I the only one?’ It hurts.”
Cox also confirmed that she was happy to listen when Kudrow received an Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 1998, and Aniston won the award for Best Leading Actress in a Comedy in 2002.
“I want them to win,” she explained. “I never wanted to take anything away from anyone. Sometimes I just want to be included in certain things.
Luckily for Cox, his post-“Friends” projects have earned him some love for awards season. In 2010, she received a Golden Globe nomination for ABC’s “Cougar Town”.
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