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Emmys 2011: Margo Martindale on getting better with age

September 18, 2011 |  7:28 pm

Margo Martindale

Margo Martindale feels justified. More accurately, she feels satisfied.

“I’ve been doing it a long time,” said the actress, clutching her supporting actress Emmy Award for her turn on the FX series "Justified." “The great thing about time is you can really appreciate it so much more. I could not have appreciated anything like this had I been 30 -- at 60 it feels ... I’m deeply grateful to be recognized. It’s an honor.”

Backstage at the ceremony she was still blushing, looking rosy head to toe in a sparkling red dress. And she didn’t hold back her feelings. “I’m thrilled. I’m on cloud nine. I’m outta my body. It’s just been a joyous year and a joyous ride.”

But, alas, all good things must come to an end; like Martindale’s character on "Justified." “I loved working with these actors -– it was just a perfect fit for me. Unfortunately, it’s in the past –- they killed me off,” she said. Then she smirked, devilishly: “Maybe they’ll regret it.”

Martindale said she didn’t quite see her character’s demise coming. “They seemed so happy with what I was doing, I thought I would live. Silly me!” But Martindale has come to terms with what happened. “It was a poetic and perfect ending for that character, however,” she said.

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Photo: Margo Martindale backstage at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA

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