She says her relationships with her family members helped inform her characters. The Emmy award ceremony is tonight, but some Emmys were already awarded earlier this month. At that ceremony, Allison Janney won the Emmy for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her performance in Showtime's "Masters Of Sex. We spoke earlier this month and started with a scene from "Masters Of Sex," which is based on William Masters and Virginia Johnson and the research they conducted into human sexuality, starting in the late s. Janney plays Margaret Scully, who's married to Barton Scully, the provost at Washington University Hospital, where, in season one, he supervised Masters' research. Margaret was frustrated that her husband showed no sexual interest in her.
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Playing a woman discovering sexuality in the '50s makes actor Allison Janney think of — of all people — her mother. Janney's mother and father got married in their early 20s, and she doesn't believe her mother had sex with anyone else. But remembering the way she talked to me about it — it's just everything about her reminds me of Margaret Scully.
I'm Terry Gross. Let's continue our series of Emmy nominees with Allison Janney. This year, she won an Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance in "I, Tonya.