Ayo Edebiri, Dorchester native and now 2X SAG, Emmy and Golden Globe winner is making strides in Hollywood. The actress, 28, won two SAG awards on Saturday night. Edebiri was recognized as “best female actor in a comedy series” in addition to “best comedy ensemble” for The Bear. Make that four, “yes” chefs!
In a candid moment during her speech, Ayo shared an uplifting James Baldwin quote, prefacing it with humor, “I’m going to butcher, just really bastardize a James Baldwin quote because I heard it the other day.” The quote:
The act of love is just really an act of mirroring. And I think anything that anybody sees in me that’s worth anything is because of the people who love me and support me and it made me who I am.
In January, Ayo took home her first Emmy and Golden Globe wins! Ayo was recognized at both award shows for the “Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy” category.
At the Emmy Awards, Ayo received a standing ovation from the crowd while accepting her Emmy win for best actress. Her heartfelt acceptance speech had a comedic message to her parents who attended with her:
My parents are here tonight I made them sit kind of far away from me because I’m a bad kid. Probably not a dream to immigrate to this country and have your kid be like “I want to do improv!”
This was Ayo Edebiri’s first Emmy and Golden Globe nomination and win.
Edebiri plays Chef Sydney Adamu in the hit FX series The Bear which follows a team of talented chefs facing the ups and downs of the restaurant industry. Edebiri’s character Sydney walks on to the kitchen’s team after struggling to keep her own catering business alive. She finds herself as the Sous Chef in a severely dysfunctional kitchen but slowly finds her footing as the team transitions from fast-food to fine-dining, and Sydney develops a budding love interest along the way.
Ayo Edebiri was born and raised in Boston Massachusetts. She grew up in Dorchester, attending Boston Latin, and later attended New York University. Edebiri has been acting since 2013 and has also starred in Theater Camp, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Abbott Elementary, Black Mirror and more!
Also winning at the 81st Golden Globes were Paul Giamatti and Da’Vine Joy Randolph of The Holdovers. The holiday film from Alexander Payne was filmed in parts of Massachusetts including Downtown Boston’s Brattle Bookstore and Deerfield Academy in Western Massachusetts.