If you get to them early enough on announcement day, you can get newly minted Emmy nominees to talk about pretty much anything. Can you blame them? They're excited at the news, they're happy for their colleagues — they're punch-drunk from getting up at the crack of dawn. Here's how some of our conversations went that caffeine-fueled morning in July.
— Envelope staff
If you could guest-star on another show, what would it be?
"I think [Julia Louis-Dreyfus'] 'Veep.'"
Which job would you want in the White House?
"I'd like to be the bathroom attendant. I'd man her private bathroom. Check for towels. That kind of thing."
—Zachary Quinto, "American Horror Story: Asylum"
What was your most challenging scene?
"The rape scene in Episode 1. If I could just show you the bruise marks I had in the shape of Antarctica on my right thigh. We started off with a bang. And you're just getting to know your character, so it all feels so foreign and terrifying. As the season progresses, you catch your wind and there's a comfort level there. That's the nature of serial TV. It's interesting, as an actress, to approach that, and as the gears start grinding, it's more downhill."
—Vera Farmiga, "Bates Motel"
What show would you want to guest-star on?
"My very best friend ever, Rose Leslie, who plays Ygritte on ['Game of Thrones'], was on 'Downton Abbey.' My Brit sort of says maybe that one. One of the other shows I would very much love to be a part of is 'Mad Men' — walking around that office. Or being a meth head in 'Breaking Bad' — that would be wicked. Then I'd really start seeing dragons.
What would you be doing if you weren't acting?
Something in music. Something creative. I do love singing. I wouldn't say I'm any good, but I definitely love it, especially jazz singing.
If you could duet with Neil Patrick Harris during the show, what would you sing?
"The Way You Look Tonight."
—Emilia Clarke,"Game of Thrones"