Storm Reid wins first Emmy Award for her guest role in HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’

Storm Reid wins first Emmy Award for her guest role in HBO's 'The Last of Us'
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The winners of the Creative Arts Emmys have been announced just days before the 75th Primetime Emmys kick starts next week. 

The red carpet of the two major Television Academy ceremonies was filled with appearances from many popular Hollywood celebrities who have made a mark in the entertainment industry with their brilliant performances last year. Among the list of nominations, Storm Reid, 20, is one such young actress who has been creating waves all over the internet! The actress bagged a major win for her supporting role as Riley Abel in the HBO drama series The Last of Us, the latter of which won her the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series.

This marks the actor’s first Emmy win which has cemented her achievement from The 75th Primetime Emmy Awards that honors the best in American primetime television programming as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony is scheduled to be broadcast on Fox on Monday, January 15, 2024, with the 75th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards which occurred on January 6 and 7, at the Peacock Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, following a delay from September 2023 due to the 2023 Hollywood labor disputes. 

“I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into when I signed on to be Riley in The Last of Us. I knew it was going to be special, but I didn’t know it was gonna be quite this special,” Reid told the media backstage at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards. 

“I’m just so grateful to the show for allowing me to really, re-fall in love with storytelling,” she continued. “It’s not that I fell out of love with storytelling, but I think my role in The Last of Us really reinforced my love and passion to be able to tell meaningful stories and to be a representation for young women, young Black women, young, queer Black women. I’m grateful to Bella, Craig [Mazin] and the entire team for making the show. It was absolutely special to watch and I always say that I feel like I would be a big fan of the show, even if I wasn’t a part of the show.”

Watch Reid’s full acceptance speech below: 

On the other hand, Reid also shared a series of pictures from the night with the first Instagram post  with the caption reading, “I genuinely cannot articulate how I’m feeling…more words and more pictures tomorrow. THANK YOU. 🩷” She also shared a second post with more photos stating, “I’m still at a loss for words and utterly astounded. Thank y’all for the love. Thank you to everyone who has been part of my journey and poured into me. Thank you for allowing me to be y’all’s Riley. I’m forever indebted and honored. I love you, mommy! Matthew 17:20 🩷🥹” 


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We would also like to highlight that, The Last of Us,” secured a total of eight golden statuettes, making it most of the night wins for the new series which has been renewed for a second season. The show won Emmys for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup, Visual Effects, Main Title Design, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Picture Editing. In addition to Guest Actress in a Drama Series for Reid, Nick Offerman also won Guest Actor in a Drama Series as shared on the Instagram post which includes multiple screenshots of his prepared remarks with the caption reading: 

“Well, friends, I won an Emmy art trophy last night for my guest star role HBO’s gorgeous rendition of a Craig Mazin script. I am very grateful for this plaudit but it’s also hard to fully swallow since my work was in a full partnership with the magnificent @murray.bartlett I prepared some remarks that I was able to mostly deliver, with a couple of flubs due to my emotions running high, so I thought I’d publish my speech which they generously let me finish. Thanks again to all the strawberry fans. ♥️🍄🍓”

Read the full statement below:


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Lastly, Offerman remained silent when asked if Bill and his small-screen partner Frank—who is portrayed by another Guest Actor nominee Murray Bartlett—might make a comeback in the upcoming season, even if it would only be in flashback. “Oh, great question but I would have to ask somebody with a higher pay grade than myself,” he said backstage. 

“It certainly has been pitched. I think we pitched a whole mini-series of a prequel of their lives before they met each other. It could be a musical. We’re not short on ideas. We’ll just we’ll see what Craig [Mazin] and Neil [Druckmann] come up with,” Offerman added jokingly. Whether or not that happens, Offerman reveals he would love to reprise the role. “Oh sure,” he said about his interest. “I was lucky this time. They needed a guy who could use a shovel. Three of us in Hollywood, Harrison Ford passed and Jane Lynch was not available.”

Watch the actor’s entire acceptance speech below: