What is life like as an Emmy winner?
For Sheryl Lee Ralph – winning Best Supporting Actress in a Monday Night Comedy for her work on ABC’s Abbott Elementary and viral for a rooftop acknowledgment — it’s been full throttle.
As she walked the red carpet in West Hollywood on Thursday night to receive her second trophy of the week, this one for three decades of HIV/AIDS activism, Ralph opened News Kidda about the glow after the Emmy.
“It’s been non-stop,” she said with a smile. “But it’s work and party, work and party. The most important thing is work because, you know, we had to go back to work the next day, there was no time off and there is no day off we work on Saturday because we have to catch up on that day [for Monday’s Emmys].”
But you won’t hear Ralph complaining. She is focused on capturing the moment by popping up, confirming press requests and answering all questions because as a veteran star she is aware that these moments can be fleeting. “It’s, like, okay, here we go,” Ralph explained, accompanied by her two children to the event. “I’m not going to say no, because this moment won’t come back. I think next year will be an even bigger and fuller year for all of us.”
Speaking of fuller, Ralph said the best special surprise she got after her win was a delivery from the queen of TV herself, Oprah Winfrey. The arrangement was such that “they had to open the double doors and get a cart” to move them, and later rent a truck to deliver them to her home. Ralph previously said: THR that the largest arrangement she had received was from the EGOT winner (and fellow Dream women star) Jennifer Hudson.
“It’s done and I’m talking to Jennifer Hudson tomorrow and I’m like, girlfriend, you had the best flower story, but it’s done now because Oprah took over,” she said.
Winfrey wasn’t the only one who sent love to Ralph. “Beyoncé’s flowers were amazing,” she said, before confirming she received a call from Vice President Kamala Harris. “She called and I had to say, ‘We did it Kamala. We did it.’ It’s been great It’s been great The governor called Pennsylvania, the mayor called… [from] Philadelphia. Everybody is happy. Jamaica is overjoyed. It’s been great.”