Sunday September 13 11:34 PM EDT

Scenes From 50th Emmys

BETH HARRIS Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP)- Camryn Manheim, the heavyset actress from "The Practice" who won for best supporting actress in a drama series, talked backstage about her struggle to succeed in Hollywood, where appearance is everything.

"I was always told I wouldn't make it in TV," she said. "I have such a strong 'I'll show you' attitude, I think it carried me up here. I've always felt like such a misfit because this culture isn't very forgiving about beauty and images."

Dressed in black velvet, Manheim glittered in a showy diamond necklace. She pointed out her diamond stud earrings were from discount retailer Target and her shoes were from Payless.

"Sexy has to do with confidence, savvy, self-esteem, joie de vivre and living life to its fullest. You know what, I feel so sexy right now," she said, hoisting her Emmy toward the ceiling.