When the award was doled out to Hale early in the ceremony, he was as joyfully surprised as those in the press room, and brought his awe-struck energy back for post-win interviews.
“Dude, it’s nuts,” Hale said to one journalist. “I’ve completely left my body. It’s so surreal. I’m so thankful to be working, and to have this is completely mind-blowing.”
Emmy nomination and win marks Hale’s first, as the acad offered kudos to Hale’s portrayal of Gary Walsh, assistant to Vice President Selina Meyer (Julie Louis-Dreyfus).
His prominence in the category may have been elevated thanks to the return of “Arrested Development” on Netflix, as Hale — a fan fave — reclaimed his socially-awkward character Buster Bluth after seven years.
Hale offered gratitude to Florida-based acting school the Young Actors Theater, stating, “I’m so appreciative of them for getting the ball rolling.”
The actor admitted though that the Emmy bar is set high back at home.
“My wife has an Emmy for makeup,” he remarked, “so I’m just catching up to her.”