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January 10, 2016 at 12:00 PM EST

Rachel Bloom won the Best Actress in a TV Comedy award at Sunday’s Golden Globes for her role as the title character in Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, a CW musical-comedy about a woman moving across the country after briefly reuniting with a boyfriend from her childhood.

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“We almost didn’t have a show,” Bloom began in her tearful acceptance speech. “We made a pilot for another network and they rejected it … We got six rejections in one day and we felt like crap but we knew it was good.” Bloom went on to credit CW president Mark Pedowitz for taking a chance on Crazy, along with co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna, who “saw my YouTube videos and two and a half years later I’m standing on this stage with a Golden Globe.” 

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Bloom writes for and executive-produces the series along with McKenna, which was initially going to be a half-hour show on Showtime before ultimately landing at The CW and getting bumped up to an hour. 

“I used to think there was some secret password to the clubhouse of success that everyone knew,” Bloom told EW earlier this year. “But it’s really just being a decent person and hard work.”

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