Ellie Kemper reacted to her Emmy nomination the way any reasonable person should (hint: it involved Beyoncé)
Last night at the Emmys, the incredibly hilarious Ellie Kemper was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as shockingly optimistic and beautifully unwavering Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
While Kemper did not win for her stellar performance in the Netflix series (Julia Louis-Dreyfus won for her amazing work on Veep), Kimmy Schmidt is permanently one of the greatest female protagonists in comedy.
Beyoncé disappointed many of her loyal devotees when she ended up not attending the Emmys, where her instantly iconic visual album, Lemonade, was nominated for numerous awards (and the BeyHive certainly had a lot to say about Lemonade’s loss of the Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special award.)
In fact, Ellie joked to People, Bey was kind of at the forefront of her mind — more so than her own career milestone:
That is a pretty natural reaction for anybody when they learn they might be sharing air with the Queen, don’t you think?