“Succession ”Emmy Winner Sarah Snook Says Her Daughter Inspired Her Performance: 'It's All for You from Here on Out'

The actress welcomed a baby girl with husband Dave Lawson last year

<p>FOX</p> Sarah Snook.


Sarah Snook.

Sarah Snook is singing her praise for her baby daughter.

The actress, 36, took home the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series at the 2023 Emmy Awards on Monday.

During her speech, Snook gave a sweet shoutout to her baby girl, whom she and husband Dave Lawson welcomed last year. Calling her daughter her "biggest thank you," the star said the shoutout "is to someone who won't understand anything that I'm saying at the moment, but I carried her with me in this last season. And really, it was her who carried me."

"It's very easy to act when you're pregnant because you’ve got hormones raging. It was more that the proximity of her life growing inside me gave me the strength to do this and this performance, and I love you so much," Snook added. "And it's all for you from here on out. Thank you."

Among this year's nominees were Bella Ramsey from The Last of Us, The Handmaid's Tale's Elisabeth Moss, The Diplomat star Keri Russell, Yellowjackets' Melanie Lynskey and Sharon Horgan from Bad Sisters.

Graeme Hunter/HBO Sarah Snook.
Graeme Hunter/HBO Sarah Snook.

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Snook returned as Siobhan "Shiv" Roy for the final season of Succession, which saw the death of Logan Roy (Brian Cox) leaving the fate of the Roy family and the ownership of Waystar Royco in limbo. The series concluded with ​​Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) becoming the company’s new CEO.

Following the series finale, the actress reflected on saying goodbye after four seasons: “It’s hard to express what this show has meant to me. The places I got to go, the immense talent I got to work with ... it breaks my heart that it is all over. But my heart had to be this full of all the memories, good times, challenges and triumphs, to be able to break at all ... so that makes me grateful.”

“To have been blessed to join this crazy adventure of a show will be a career highlight, which will no doubt be hard to top,” she continued on Instagram. “I am so, so proud and humbled by everyone’s hard work season after season: we all set the bar high for each other, then exceeded it and excelled, in every department. The friendships, the scripts, the locations, the one liners, the early mornings, the last minute changes, all the highs and lows: I’m going to miss it all. The people of this show are a talented bunch, and I’m proud to have worked alongside them, it’s the people I will miss most of all.”

She concluded, “I just watched the final episode of the final season of something that has changed my life. And now, my life has changed again. Thank you for all the love and support.”

Succession dominated this year's Emmy nominations with a whopping 27 nods.

<p>Liane Hentscher/HBO</p> Bella Ramsey on "The Last of Us"

Liane Hentscher/HBO

Bella Ramsey on "The Last of Us"

Also nominated this year was Ramsey, 19, who stars as Ellie Williams, a teenager who is immune to the fungus that has turned the world into a post-apocalyptic landscape filled with "infected" on The Last of Us. Joel Miller (Pedro Pascal) is a smuggler on a journey to deliver Ellie to a rebel group in the hope that her immunity can save civilization.

Ramsey — who identifies as non-binary and uses they/them pronouns — ended up getting so into character that it became hard to distinguish where Ellie stopped and their real self started.

"People always ask, at the end of a shoot day, how I get back into being Bella," they told The New York Times. "But I didn't know how to do that with Ellie because we were so intertwined."

During an interview with The A.V. Club, Ramsey said it was "scary" to finally put the project out into "It's something that feels very personal to me. I think about everyone who's watching it, everyone who's so invested, it feels, yeah, like a very personal thing," they shared. "So, it's bizarre, in a way, to share it with the world. But it's a joy at the same time that people have been responding so well to it and being inspired by it and by the story like they were initially in the video game."

The Last of Us also scored a nod for outstanding drama series while Pascal was among this year's nominees for outstanding lead actor in a drama series.

Related: Pedro Pascal Praises 'The Last of Us' Costar Bella Ramsey: 'They Brought Out the Best of Me'



Moss, 41, returned June Osbourne/Offred in the fifth season of The Handmaid's Tale. Based on the best-selling 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, the Hulu series told the story of a dystopian, totalitarian society where fertile women were forced to bear children for the state.

The actress told PEOPLE at the series' season 5 finale FYC event in Los Angeles in November 2022 that she thinks "it's "horrifying" how, in the years since the show's premiere in 2017, that its story has only become more relevant.

"It's awful. It's way more than troubling," she added.

While Moss calls The Handmaid's Tale "the most fulfilling, creative experience of my life," the show's plot has started to feel too close to home for some — particularly in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June 2022.

The Handmaid’s Tale has received 76 nominations. A premiere date for the show’s final season has not been announced.

Related: June Faces Bloody, Bitter Battle in New 'Handmaid's Tale' Trailer: 'Gilead Wants to See You Suffer'

<p>Courtesy of Netflix</p> Keri Russell on "The Diplomat"

Courtesy of Netflix

Keri Russell on "The Diplomat"

In the first season of The Diplomat, Russell starred as Kate Wyler, the new U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom who was forced to navigated the demands of both her job and marriage.

“What I loved is the constant discomfort and sweatiness and nervousness and just overall unpolished quality of her — matched with the bossiness to everyone, which I think is really funny,” Russell told Tudum of taking on the role of Kate.

However, she did wish that Kate wasn’t so talkative, saying, “And the thing I don’t like is how much she has to say. I would love to not ever have to speak. I could just mime my scenes.”

Related: Keri Russell and 'The Diplomat' Cast Meet Their Characters' Real-Life Counterparts at U.K. Party (Exclusive)

Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME Melanie Lynskey on "Yellowjackets"
Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME Melanie Lynskey on "Yellowjackets"

Lynskey stars as Shauna alongside Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis and Tawny Cypress on Yellowjackets. The show chronicles four women bonded by a 1996 plane crash that stranded their eponymous high school soccer team in the brutal Canada wilderness for 19 months.

The 46-year-old actress previously told PEOPLE that she can’t relate much to her character — particularly in one area.

"We have opposite parenting styles," the New Zealand native, shared at the Showtime series' season 2 premiere.

She added of the differences between herself and her character Shauna, "I feel so fortunate to have my daughter, and I love her. It's like the joy of my life. Every day, I'm like, 'Thank you, thank you, thank you for this child.' I want to spend every minute with her."

Yellowjackets also received an outstanding drama series nomination at this year’s Emmys.

Related: The Cast of 'Yellowjackets': Everything to Know

<p>AppleTV+</p> Sharon Horgan on "Bad Sisters"


Sharon Horgan on "Bad Sisters"

In the first season of Bad Sisters, Horgan played eldest siblings Eva, who along with her sisters, was navigating the trauma of losing their parents.

“With Eva, I used my older sister [as a model] because she’s the head of our sibling pile, and she met and fell in love in her early 40s,” Horgan, 53, who also serves as the Apple TV+ series' co-writer and executive producer, told the Los Angeles Times. “Eva is someone who, because of circumstances beyond our control, ended up childless, but she is a natural mother. On paper, she could seem like quite a tragic figure. She’s in that big house, Miss Havisham-style, literally surrounded by ghosts.”

She added, “But her joy is her sisters, and keeping that family table busy. That’s why she’s put up with [J.P.’s] malevolent presence for so many years, because she doesn’t want to fracture the family. She never stopped putting herself out there. I think that as an older woman, it is a really beautiful message.”

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