"I think television is really shining a light and creating more opportunities for people to see themselves represented on film," actress tells TooFab.
Reese Witherspoon thought the 69th annual Primetime Emmys were an "inspiring moment" for women of all ages.
Not only was Witherspoon ecstatic about the nominations and wins for her HBO hit "Big Little Lies" when talking to TooFab after the ceremony wrapped up, but the actress and producer was happy to see another drama about women score top honors.
"I think it was an incredible night for 'Handmaid's Tale' with Elisabeth Moss and so many amazing women winning and people of diverse backgrounds and other cultures," Witherspoon told TooFab at HBO's after-party. "I think television is really shining a light and creating more opportunities for people to see themselves represented on film and I think that the little kids out there that need to see themselves, it was just a very inspiring moment."
"Handmaid's Tale," a Hulu drama also based on a book, won four Emmys, including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress. Meanwhile, "Big Little Lies" won five out of eight nominations. Witherspoon was particularly proud of the nominations that went to all four of the female leads.
"We got 4 nominations for different female performances so I felt like that was a big moment," Witherspoon said. "I mean all I did to set out four years ago was create better roles for women in film and television and that was the win. I mean, I feel like we got the win before we got there [tonight] and just to have this [Emmy] is the icing on the cake. We feel so lucky."
The seven-episode miniseries, based on Liane Moriarty's bestselling novel, follows the drama between a group of wealthy mothers living in Monterey, California, whose conflict leads to murder. The female-heavy cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Zoe Kravitz.
"Big Little Lies" took home five trophies for Outstanding Limited Series, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series and Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series.