Melissa Leo is awarded a 2013 Emmy!

GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES (presented at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys)

Winner: Melissa Leo, Louie, FX

Nominees: Molly Shannon, Enlightened, HBO; Dot-Marie Jones, Glee, Fox; Melissa Leo, Louie, FX; Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Kristen Wiig, Saturday Night Live, NBC; Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock, NBC

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2013 Emmy Nomination Quotes and Reactions

Guest Actress – Comedy
Melissa Leo, Louie
After some 30 years of TV guest roles — including that actors’ rite of passage Law & Order —the Oscar winner says she is just as happy about her nomination as she ever was about winning an Academy Award. “I started working in television before the film world,” she says. “I have a biding love for television. Not only is so much of it available freely to the public, but the available audience is wider than any box-office you ever dreamed of. To be honored by the TV Academy is no less an honor and a delight, and particularly for my first comic sketch”. Leo’s episode features a rollicking, raunchy scene in which she gives Louis CK’s character a blowjob in a car, only to find that he is uncomfortable about the idea of returning the favor. Think of any term you can for oral sex and it’s in this scene. But it wasn’t the language, or the subject, that was a stretch for Leo. It was playing comedy. “He [Louis CK) is so funny, I just thought: ‘I don’t want to fall flat on my face,’ ” she said. “I just tried to ground her and make her like all my characters. Make her feet on the ground and have her make some sense, even if it’s to herself and no one else. Comedy, tragedy — it’s all acting to me, I did what I knew how to do, and I took everything I could from Louis and his gang.”

Melissa Leo, guest actress in a comedy, Louie
“When my heart stops pounding so hard I’ll let you know (how I feel),” laughs Leo. “I’d say I’m the most delighted actor in all the USA.” How is this different from an Oscar nomination? “There’s something about the people who make us laugh. And the other ladies in the category are people who have committed to finding humor, to telling their stories. And Louis C.K. is a genius in that. As an actor who’s been willing and happy to do anything all my days, when an audience laugh at what you intended to be funny, there’s no other sound in the world that compares to that. I’m all for making people cry and think and grow and learn, but good golly, laughter is the best medicine. And it’s a hard nut to crack I think.” After she heard the news, her first call was to her son. “The very first thing I did this morning I called my son, because as much as I’ve had a lot lovely help over these last few years industry-wise, it was my son on the red carpet at the Mildred Pierce nomination who said, ‘Ooh Louis C.K., I want to meet him.’ I’m quite sure that’s how I got the job.”

Entertainment Weekly (online):
Melissa Leo, Louie (outstanding guest actress in a comedy)
“I am over the moon with the nomination this morning! So thrilled and honored to see my name next to such consummate funny ladies! The joy and pleasure of working with Louis CK would have been more than enough – many thanks to the Television Academy!”

Us Weekly (online):
Melissa Leo — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, Louie
“I am over the moon with the nomination this morning!” Leo told Us. “So thrilled and honored to see my name next to such consummate funny ladies! The joy and pleasure of working with Louis CK would have been more than enough – many thanks to the Television Academy!”

Melissa Leo (Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series, “Louie”): “I am over the moon with the nomination this morning! So thrilled and honored to see my name next to such consummate funny ladies! The joy and pleasure of working with Louis CK would have been more than enough – many thanks to the Television Academy!”

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Melissa’s Reaction to her Emmy Nod 2013 – KTLA

From channel KTLA, this is a video showing Melissa’s reaction to her Primetime Emmy Nomination (2013)

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Homicide: Episode “Bop Gun” (TV)

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Video Interview with Melissa – “Louie,” “Call Me Crazy,” “Treme”

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James Gandolfini – Rest in Peace


Melissa would like to express her deep sadness at the sudden passing

of fellow actor James Gandalfini.

The two worked together in the film “Welcome to the Rileys”

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Susan B Anthony Reading

June 18, 1873 – Susan B Anthony was fined $100 for trying to vote.

In this clip of Melissa Leo and Josh Brolin read the transcript of her sentencing.

*Melissa and Josh were both regulars on “The Young Riders” (ABCTV)

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2012 – Transylvania Film Festival “The Sea Is All I Know”

6/3/12 – Melissa Leo arrives for a special screening of “The Sea Is All I Know” at the Transylvania Film Festival in her honor

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Persephone – A Short Film by Laurent Rejto

Persephone – the Story:

This short film is a modern retelling of the Greek myth. It’s a story of divorce and how two parents cope to control their most beloved daughter just as she is growing into a woman.

Demeter is portrayed by Academy-Award winning actor Melissa Leo (The Fighter, Frozen River, 21 Grams). She rules over the gardens and all the land at Mount Olympus. The story begins on a perfect day in August. Demeter has gathered her brothers Zeus (the county executive) and Poseidon (who’s usually sailing off to some island in his yacht) with a few friends for her daughter Persephone’s sixteenth birthday.

Persephone, portrayed by Lindsay Andretta (Far From Heaven) is not cooperating with her mother’s plans. As a rebellious teenager, she would rather be anywhere but at home at Mount Olympus and she refuses to dress according to her mother’s wishes. She steals away to the arboretum and looks out over the River Styx yearning to travel and explore life away from the trappings of home.

Hades (Gilles Malkine) Demeter’s ex-husband makes matters worse. He arrives at Mount Olympus in his red convertible after years of estrangement, for his daughter’s birthday celebration. When he learns about her yearning to be elsewhere, he hatches a plan to take her away.

Hades surreptitiously steals away with his daughter across the River Styx to his estate in the underworld. There, she discovers a world filled with costumes, masks, color, temptation and spectacle. Hades spoils her with anything she wants. Persephone enjoys the power she has in the underworld but she starts to miss her mother and the beauty of Mount Olympus.

Demeter is tormented by her daughter’s disappearance. She suspects Hades, but is unable to find any recourse. Her distress and anger are evident as summer ends. The trees lose their leaves and the earth is enveloped in snow and ice.

Zeus realizes that he needs to help his sister recover her daughter. He sends his brother Poseidon to the underworld to broker a deal with Hades – they will share custody.

When Persephone is reunited with Demeter, summer has returned in all its glory but as the story comes to an end, we see Hades driving towards Mount Olympus. The trees have turned orange and red. He is coming back to take his daughter Persephone, whom he has made Queen of the Underworld – but she has other ideas.”

For More information on the film, please go to the Official Website – Persephone

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Red State – Interview

The Interview conducted by Travis Johnson begins: Veteran performer – and now Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner for The Fighter – Melissa Leo is warm, welcoming, funny and charming. She’s also remarkably frank, as demonstrated by the conversation she had with us about her role in Kevin Smith’s upcoming horror film Red State, in which she plays Sarah, the blindly obedient daughter to charismatic cult leader Abin Cooper (Tarantino favourite Michael Parks).

Read the Interview about “Red State”

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