Her Breaking Bad character, Skyler White, is one of the most hated women on television, but Anna Gunn was more than loved when she picked up the win for Oustanding Supporting Actress in a Drama at the Emmys last night.
An eyewitness at the event said when the blonde star won the big award, which many thought would go to Maggie Smith for Downton Abbey, everyone rose to their feet.
"It was the first time the audience stood up all night!" the onlooker tells Life & Style.
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"Bryan Cranston just told me to breathe," Anna revealed onstage. Bryan plays her onscreen husband and meth dealer, Walter White.
She then went on to thank her Breaking Bad family. "To every cast- and crewmember, thank you so much for allowing me the joy and privilege for working beside you for all those incredible five seasons," she shared.
After her big win, Anna took some time out to discuss the haters.
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"It’s been the most remarkable ride to be on this show," she said backstage. "I couldn’t be more thrilled. I’m overwhelmed and extremely happy. But yes, I’m glad there are people out there who apparently enjoy Skyler. What the Skyler haters do, they do, but it doesn’t really have anything to do with me.”
Last month, the actress wrote an op-ed column in the New York Times about fans' hatred for her character. "As an actress, I realize that viewers are entitled to have whatever feelings they want about the characters they watch," she wrote. "But as a human being, I'm concerned that so many people react to Skyler with such venom."
The entire Breaking Bad family was at the luxe affair last night, including Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse Pinkman -- Walter's former student and current drug dealer partner.
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"She's just so incredible and has always been so supportive," he said about his mom, who joined him on the red carpet. "Literally through me out of the house when I was 17 and was like, good luck.... No, no, no. She always knew I wanted to do this and so I chased after my dreams. She was always there to support me. My wife [Lauren Parsekian] is here as well. She's just the greatest."
The AMC hit show is in its fifth and final season. The finale is set to air next Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.
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