Jean Smart is one proud mama.
The 70-year-old actress introduced her son Forrest at the 2021 Emmy Awards as they walked the red carpet together Sunday.
She later thanked Forrest, 13, and her older son, Connor, while accepting the trophy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in “Hacks.”
During the speech, Smart called them “my two wonderful and unselfish children … who are both very courageous in their own right.”
She also tearfully thanked her husband, Richard Gilliland, who died in March after a brief illness.
“Before I say anything, I have to acknowledge my late husband, who passed away six months ago yesterday, and I would not be here without him. Without him putting his career on the back burner so that I could take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities I’ve had,” she said.
The “Designing Women” alum and Gilliland, who was an actor, welcomed Connor, 31, in 1989 and adopted Forrest from China in 2009.
Forrest told Karamo Brown on the red carpet earlier Sunday that he was “very proud of his mom” and added that she deserved all the accolades because “she worked really hard.”
Smart, who looked gorgeous in a Ralph Lauren gown, was verklempt over the sweet response and admitted she felt guilty for being away working, which prompted Forrest to say, “It was OK.”
It has been a year of highs and lows for the star. She won rave reviews for her supporting role as Kate Winslet’s mom in “Mare of Easttown” and her starring role as a legendary Las Vegas stand-up comedian in “Hacks.”
Smart lost Gilliland, 71, after more than 30 years of marriage. Prior to his death, the couple were scheduled to work together this summer in a film directed by Tate Taylor.
“He was a great dad, and he made me laugh every day,” Smart said in a recent Variety interview. “Him passing away was just not ever even a thought. And it’s changed every moment of my everyday life; every atom of my existence I feel like is altered.
“But I just want people to know how much he’s sacrificed for me to be where I am, and to get the opportunities that I’ve gotten and let his career kind of take a back seat to help take care of our home and our kids. And it kills me he didn’t get the chances that I got, because he was so talented. I was very lucky when I met him.”