Sheryl Lee Ralph couldn’t believe it, asking herself, “Is this really happening?”

The star of ABC’s sitcom “Abbott Elementary”, 65, appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers on Tuesday — where she talked about her role on the show, winning her first Emmy, and Beyoncé sending her flowers.

“You were so surprised you won, you sat in your chair for a long time,” Meyers recalled about the night he presented Ralph the golden statue at the 74th Emmy Awards on Sept. 12.

“Seth when they called my name, it was like everything just turned to mush, and I was in some surreal place,” said the “Dreamgirls” actress.

Sheryl Lee Ralph was in awe when she won a golden statue at the 74th Emmy Awards on Sept. 12, 2022.
Sheryl Lee Ralph was in awe when she won a golden statue at the 74th Emmy Awards on Sept. 12, 2022.
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“I was like is this really happening, did they really just call my name — and then I hear Quinta [Brunson] and Tyler [James] say ‘Get up!’”

Meyers talked about the many people who reached out to Ralph after her Emmy’s win, including a famous queen.

“Yes baby!” Ralph screamed. “Beyoncé sent me flowers!”

The acclaimed singer also wrote a note with the flowers sent to Ralph: “To the original Dreamgirl, sending you a beautiful congratulations.”

Sheryl Lee Ralph appears as Barbara Howard on an episode of "Abbott's Elementary".
Sheryl Lee Ralph appears as Barbara Howard on an episode of “Abbott’s Elementary”.
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Beyoncé played Ralph’s same character — Deena Jones — in the 2006 film “Dreamgirls”, a musical based on the legendary 1960s female trio, The Supremes.

Ralph was featured in the 1981 original “Dreamgirls”, which was a Broadway musical.

Sheryl Lee Ralph poses with her Emmy's award during the 74th Primetime Emmys on Sept. 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Sheryl Lee Ralph poses with her Emmy’s award during the 74th Primetime Emmys on Sept. 12, 2022 in Los Angeles, Calif.
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Ralph, who plays a loving kindergarten teacher named Barbara Howard, talked about how educators across the country love the sitcom “Abbott Elementary”.

“They’re finally not the butt of the joke, but the heart of the show.”



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