When Jennifer Coolidge was awarded a Golden Globe for her performance in the hit series White Lotus gave the star a thank-you speech that brought the show’s director, Mike White, to tears. Now the touching moment has gone viral.
White Lotus was one of the big winners at this year’s Golden Globe gala as the acclaimed HBO series, whose second season premiered in October 2022, took home a total of four statuettes. One of them went to Jennifer Coolidge who was named the winner in the category “Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television”.
“Changed my life in a million different ways”
With his participation in White Lotus breaks Coolidge—which is perhaps primarily associated with his role in American Pie from 1999 – new ground in his career. In her acceptance speech, the actress said that as a young person she had great ambitions that were “crushed by life”. But White Lotus director Mike White gave her hope.
“You have given me a fresh start. Although this is the end of it, because you killed [min karaktär], so your changed my life in a million different ways /…/ my neighbors talk to me, and things like that. I was never invited to a single party in my neighborhood, and now everyone is inviting me!”
When Coolidge told the audience what kind of person White is, the director could no longer hold back the tears:
“He worries about the world, he worries about people, he worries about his friends who are not well, he always worries about people, you worry about animals, and he’s really one of the best people. You make people want to live longer, and I didn’t want that. I love you to death.”
— Variety (@Variety) January 11, 2023