Walter went on about everything Brunson does for the show. "The part that you don't get to see is all of the other things that she brings. That magic of what creates every piece of Abbott Elementary. What I see in between the takes would be anybody else's full day of work. She is managing set design. She's managing wardrobe, literally sitting on the floor in between takes exhausted going, 'Yes. No, no, no, I like that one. Yeah, more like that.' She's handling background casting. She's wrangling the kid actors. Literally. It is exhausting to watch, quite frankly, and I have four children. I have to stop myself quite often from asking her, 'When's the last time you ate?' Or, 'Are you getting enough sleep?' because she's young, and she's my daughter's age. Honestly, I have to remind myself that I am not, in fact, her mother. She is, in fact, my boss. And she is the best one I've ever had in this business."
Walter also got very emotional relaying the story of how Brunson made sure to send her a copy of the pilot before the series aired to show her mom, who was getting progressively sicker with congestive heart failure. "That's because she is at her core, the nicest, most beautifully soulful woman, let alone actress and boss that anybody in this town could have hoped for."
Speaking to PureWow on the red carpet at the event, another trailblazer, actress Ming-Na Wen, weighed in on Brunson, saying, “I think it’s so fabulous. She’s had such an incredible couple of years. And I think that she’s just again, about diversity, about being a woman, and a woman in power. I hope I get to meet her!”
No doubt this year is only the beginning of Brunson's awards domination and Hollywood reign.
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