The Emmys’ reclassification of HBO’s “The White Lotus” as a drama (from a limited series) could slow down the awards show for 2022 winner Jennifer Coolidge. But Coolidge, who brought new excitement and nuance to the role of troubled heiress Tanya in Season 2, was never easy to categorize or count.
Vet for earthlings Coolidge became a cinema sensation in his late 30s, delivering hilarious, high-profile performances in American Pie (1999), Best in Show (2000) and Legally Blonde (2001).
Coolidge appeared in the sequels Pie and Legally Blonde, Christopher Guest’s Best in Show sequel A Mighty Wind, as well as Sex and the City and Friends in the same year.
On the seasons of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, Coolidge played the lead actress’ glamorous neighbor with a thick Polish accent, Sophie.
Times, before “Lotus” fame, Coolidge was referred to as “Stifler’s Mom” (her “Pie” character) instead of her name.
important individual awards Coolidge has received two seasons of Lotus: the 2022 Emmy and the 2023 Emmy Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe, and two Critics Choice Awards.
In the “Lotus” nominations, Coolidge lost only twice: a SAG Award to Kate Winslet (“Mare of Easttown”) and a Golden Globe to Sarah Snook (“Succession”), both in 2022.
Snook will be running for the Emmys as a lead actor, but Coolidge faces stiff competition from Snook’s supporting cast, J. Smith-Cameron, Rhea Seehorn (“Better Call Saul”), Christina Ricci (“Yellowjackets”), and others.
Coolidge seems to be the first frontrunner, having already won awards in Lotus’s second season against talents like Seehorn, Claire Danes (“Fleishman Is in Trouble”) and “Lotus” co-star Aubrey Plaza.