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Mike White Sheds Tears of Joy as Jennifer Coolidge Gives Heartfelt Message During Golden Globe Acceptance Speech: ‘I Love You to Death’

11 January 2023, Wednesday
During her acceptance speech for her win at the 2021 Golden Globes, Jennifer Coolidge made Mike White, the creator of the HBO series White Lotus, cry. She thanked him for trusting her with the role, saying that she loved him “to death”. Her words moved Mike to tears, and he thanked her for “making his life so much richer.” The two were caught in a teary embrace after her speech. Coolidge has been nominated for several awards for her performance in the show, but this was her first win.

The fans of "The White Lotus" remain devoted. The HBO original made waves after it was named one of five contenders at the 80th annual Golden Globe Awards, and on Tuesday night, it took home two prizes. This made it two-time winner, alongside other shows such as "Dahmer," "The Crown," "Pam Tommy" and "Only Murders in the Building."

Jennifer Coolidge stole the show as she won for her portrayal of Tanya McQuoid from Season 1 in the best actress in a limited series category, beating out deep competition from Claire Danes ("Fleishman Is in Trouble"), Daisy Edgar-Jones ("Under the Banner of Heaven"), Niecy Nash-Betts ("Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story") and Aubrey Plaza, her fellow "White Lotus" actor. "The White Lotus" was also acknowledged by taking home the gold for best limited series, anthology or TV movie.

The Hollywood Foreign Press awarded Jennifer Coolidge with the award for best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television on Sunday. Taking the stage to accept the award, Coolidge joked, "I can put this down, right? I don't work out, you know? What I mean is I can't hold it that long."

She gave an impassioned and profanity-laced speech to thank creators who have given her acting opportunities across the decades, with special praise for Mike White, her showrunner for "White Lotus". Expressing her gratitude, Coolidge moved White to tears. She also thanked Ryan Murphy, Michael Patrick King and Reese Witherspoon for their work. 

Coolidge finished her speech by expressing her gratitude to the Hollywood Foreign Press, saying, "It really means a lot."

Coolidge spoke fondly of writer and director Mike White, saying he has re-invigorated her dreams. “I had such big dreams and expectations as a younger person, but life had a way of dampening them,” she said. “I thought I was going to be queen of Monaco, but it didn't happen. As I got older, I started to think what was in store for me. But then, Mike White gave me hope. He changed my life in a million ways.”

If you are unfamiliar with Mike White, here is what you should know: he is deeply concerned about the state of the world, his friends, and animals alike. He truly is an amazing person who inspires others to live happier, fuller lives. Jennifer Coolidge expressed her love and admiration for Mike White in a heartfelt statement, stating, “You make people want to live longer – and I didn’t! Mike, I love you to death.”

The season two finale of the dark comedy series aired on HBO, and proved to be a huge success with 4.1 million U.S. viewers tuning in. This marked a huge 46% increase from the previous episode's ratings.

Unfortunately, Coolidge's character Tanya didn't make it through the season. In the intense finale, Tanya became convinced that some men were out to take her money and decided to take matters into her own hands. She shot and killed the men on the yacht, only to fall overboard and hit her head afterward, resulting in her death.

It was a bittersweet moment when Jennifer McIntosh's Tanya died in the finale of the Hulu/BBC drama, 'The Bisexual'. Showrunner and creator Desiree Akhavan felt like it was the right move to make, even though she loved Tanya as a character.

"I was thinking, it'd be so fun to bring Tanya back because she's such a great character, but maybe that's the journey for her, a journey to death," Akhavan said after the finale. "Not that I really wanted to kill Tanya because I love her as a character and obviously love Jennifer, but I just felt like, we're going to Italy, she's such a diva — a larger than life female archetype — it felt like we could devise our own operatic conclusion to Tanya's life and her story."

The showrunner added that it seemed fitting for Tanya to take out a cabal of killers and then die an unexpected death -- a fitting end for such a unique character.
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