By: Lanetra Bennett
September 23, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - There were a lot of big winners at Sunday night's Emmy Awards. But, the highlight for many in our area, was winner Tony Hale giving Tallahassee a shout-out.
Eyewitness News spoke to one of the women Hale mentioned by name in his acceptance speech.
Tony Hale accepted the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his role on "Veep" at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday night.
"This is mind-blowing, mind-blowing." Hale said in his speech.
Hale squeezed in one last mention just after the music started signaling him to wrap.
He says, "I'm from Tallahassee, Florida and there's a little theatre called, Young Actors Theatre that made a huge difference in my life. Tina Williams and Allison Grimes, thank you for your commitment."
Tina Williams serves as the executive director of that 'little' theatre Hale mentioned.
Williams says, "For him to win was what was absolutely fabulous for us. It's very gracious of him to make such a lovely comment at the end of his speech."
Twitter and Facebook feeds went crazy from Tallahassee residents after Hale's speech.
But, one blog questioned if Young Actors Theatre really exists.
It does; and Williams says Hale started attending there in middle school.
She says he was in numerous productions at YAT. Williams laughs and says, "Pretty much on the smart-allicky side. I remember one time I didn't give him a part because i said, he just annoys me too much. He's good, but he annoys me too much. But, he did grow into quite a great performer."
Hale has a star posted in the theatre, next to actress Cheryl Hines'.
"Anybody that knows Tony, knows that he so deserves this. he's been a wonderful performer forever." Says, Williams.
Hale is best known for his role in the comedy series, "Arrested Development" as Byron "Buster" Bluth.
Williams she continues to be friends with Hale and says he still hosts events at YAT. She says, "He has always been a very, very positive person and has certainly his hard work has paid off. His pleasant and giving attitude has really endeared him to a lot of people."
Young Actors Theatre was founded in 1975. It's located on Glenview Drive in Tallahassee. For more information, visit, http://www.youngactorstheatre.com/.