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Emmys: Margo Martindale on her 'Justified' role: 'I would have done it for free'

July 14, 2011 | 10:01 am

Margo Martindale

What a way to go out. Margo Martindale's villainous Mags Bennett was poisoned to death this season on "Justified," but now she can take an Emmy nomination with her.

How did you hear the news?

I’m so excited, I’m beside myself. I got up to watch, but they don’t announce the supporting categories. So someone just called and read it to me.

Your performance has been so talked about. Were you expecting this recognition?

I know there was a lot of buzz about me and the show this season, but buzz doesn’t necessarily mean a nomination. The critics seemed to be on my side. But honest to goodness, I feel like I already won, just by getting this part. This kind of role comes along once in a lifetime. It’s a wonderful, poetic, fabulous show, and I would have done it for free.

What do you think the academy voters were responding to?  

I think it’s because Mags was a powerful older woman. People want to see more of that kind of thing. Mags is so true to herself. She’s a raw preacher.

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— Greg Braxton 

Photo: Margo Martindale. Credit: Michael Nagle/For the Los Angeles Times.

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