The powerful show-runner talks Emmys, her new Web site, and the one thing she still hasn’t told Oprah.
Shonda Rhimes is busier than you, your busiest friends, and their busiest friends. At any given moment she is tending to one of several hit shows, her new Web site, her upcoming Netflix projects, her family, her overflowing garden of a life. But on Monday, September 18, she wants to focus on her position as a creative director for Dove’s Real Beauty Productions—making short films about inspiring women who persevere through everyday difficulties. Nix the shiny P.R.-speak, and you’ll see that the films are about real humans who fit easily into the Shondaland universe—smart and bright and full of hard-won courage.
But first, one quick thing. Rhimes also has something she wants to say about Sunday night’s Emmys ceremony. A triple nominee herself (though she somehow has not yet won an Emmy), Rhimes tuned in to watch as history was made by artists like Donald Glover, Riz Ahmed, and Sterling K. Brown. Lena Waithe became the first black woman to win the best-comedy writing award, which was particularly sweet for Rhimes: “I had just seen her on Friday,” the show-runner says of the Master of None star/scribe. “She’s so even-keeled and so grounded, and that episode was such an amazing episode of television.”
Still, all that historic achievement is ringed with a bittersweet aftertaste.
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