On Saturday evening, September 8, at the 70th Anniversary Creative Arts Emmy Awards, held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Deirdre Devlin won her first Emmy for the category of Outstanding Short Form Animation for the show, ROBOT CHICKEN.
Originally from South Boston, Deirdre went to Boston Latin School before journeying to the west coast to attend the University of Southern California. After graduating from the School of Theatre, she stayed in Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting and writing.
And she is doing just that. Deirdre has a few TV sales under her belt and has written for Comedy Central, E!, TBS, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, and seasons eight and nine of ROBOT CHICKEN, where she’s also done voiceover work. Her other acting credits include THE GOLDBERGS, THE JURY, (Amazon), and several national commercials, including two National Walmart Commercials that are currently running.
However, winning this Emmy was a milestone in her career. “I’m excited to see what I do next,” Deirdre said. “There have been many times over the past few years that I’ve wanted to quit. It can get very frustrating, but luckily my parents told me, ‘Don’t quit. You only get one life. Might as well do what you want.’ Holding the Emmy, you can’t help but to think, ‘Well, maybe it’s working out?’ Also, please follow me on Instagram @deirdre_devlin.”
Her family is proud of her accomplishments in the industry. “I was so happy for her when she won! She’s worked hard and will continue to work hard to realize her goals,” her mother, Mary Devlin, said.
“It takes a tough kid, a Southie kid,” she added, “to stay in LA after school and be so far away from family and friends to pursue her lifelong dreams. It’s surely a tough climb but I’m sure she’ll make it to the top and be able to look across the horizon and see the sun shining brightly upon her face.”