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Emmys 2010: Edie Falco is 'dumbfounded' by win

August 29, 2010 |  7:30 pm
Falco Edie Falco insists she’s not a funny lady.

And an Emmy win for lead actress in a comedy series is not likely to change her mind.

“As soon as somebody calls you funny, you're not funny anymore,” she said backstage. “I never really thought of myself as funny.”

So the win for her role as Jackie, a pill-popping nurse in Showtime’s dark comedy "Nurse Jackie" is bit unusual to comprehend.

“I am shocked. I'm not playing coy here. I'm really dumbfounded by the events of the evening."

Falco is no stranger to the Emmy stage, having previously won three Emmys for her role as matriarch Carmela in the gritty HBO series “The Sopranos" -- not exactly a chuckle-fest. Nor is "Nurse Jackie," some might argue. Still, she's got the gold statuette to validate her comedic skills.

“This whole comedy world is a whole new terrain for me,” Falco said.

So new she actually found it a laughing matter when she first got word of her nomination.

“I laughed my head off because I thought THAT was funny.”

--Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Edie Falco holds her Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series award for her role in 'Nurse Jackie' as she poses for photographers in the press room during the 62nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho/ Los Angeles Times