Emmy contenders: The nominees speak their minds


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With all the excitement over their Emmy nods, the nominees have a lot to think about these days. But more important than what they will wear or who they will thank at the Sept. 18 ceremony were far more pressing questions such as, “Is Jane Lynch going to tease me?” The Envelope had a chance to run this and other thoughts past some of the Emmy contenders; here’s what they’re thinking:

As Sue Sylvester on “Glee,” Jane Lynch can be downright mean. With her as host, are you nervous that she’ll poke jabs at you during her monologue? And what would she tease you about?


“Who could be the meaner person.”
— Margo Martindale, “Justified”

“She probably could talk about my [character’s] terrible wardrobe. Or the fact that I never smile.”
— Mireille Enos, “The Killing”

“I love her, I think she’s going to be incredible. But we should all be a little worried.”
— Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”

“Bring it! It’s all in good fun.”
— Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

“Oh, she’s a great gal; she’s fun. I’m not afraid of her. I’m a big fan.”
— Betty White, “Hot in Cleveland”

‘I’ve known her for a long time. She’s certainly a searing character. She’s always been very sweet to me in person, so I’m hoping she might give me a ‘get out of jail’ card [otherwise] I’ll just have to roll with the punches.’
-- Johnny Galecki, ‘The Big Bang Theory’

“If she brings me up in her monologue, I’ve got reason to be nervous. But she’s very funny. I hope I can be recognized by her. That would be an honor.”
— Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”

“I’ve worked with Jane. She’s a great broad and hilarious. She can do anything she wants. She can sit on my lap. Or maybe I can sit on hers.”
— Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

“I’d be so happy to get a hard time from Jane Lynch. She could say anything and I’d laugh. I adore her!
I’m sooo excited. I’m such a huge fan!”
— Evan Rachel Wood, “Mildred Pierce”

If not you, who in your category would you like to see win?

“I’ve known Johnny Galecki since he was about 13 years old. We met when he first came out to L.A. to do a miniseries. We had a mutual friend. He was out here without his parents, so my friend and I sort of looked out for him. I mean, he was this young kid living by himself, and we sort of took him under our wing. I’d love to see him get it.”
— Matt LeBlanc, “Episodes”

“I haven’t seen ‘Justified,’ but I’ve heard only the most extraordinary things about Margo Martindale. We were both nominated at the Critics Choice, and it was incredible to see people give her a standing ovation and even start crying. I’m also an enormous fan of Kelly Macdonald.
— Michelle Forbes, “The Killing”

“It’s interesting this year. Kathy Bates is a legend. And Mireille Enos — I hear ‘The Killing’ is amazing.”
— Connie Britton, “Friday Night Lights”

“If I don’t win, just give it to Justin Bieber.”
— Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

“Edgar Ramirez [in ‘Carlos’] was really dope, fantastic. Everyone else in the category is deserving.”
— Idris Elba, “The Big C” and “Luther”

Is there another character on TV now that you think would be fun to play?

“Khal Drogo on ‘Game of Thrones.’”
—Amy Poehler, “Parks and Recreation”

“Definitely Christina Hendricks’ character [Joan] on ‘Mad Men.’ That would be a lot of fun.”
—Sofia Vergara, “Modern Family”

“I think all the people in my category. Whether you want to be a serial killer or a tough sheriff. And it sure looks like Jon Hamm is having a good time in the ’60s. And [Steve] Buscemi, hell, I wouldn’t mind being in charge of Atlantic City. All those characters are so great and rich. I get why people say they want to thank the people in their category. It’s all quality.”
—Kyle Chandler, “Friday Night Lights”

‘Ryan Seacrest does an amazing job, and I know he’s been nominated quite a few times, I think it’s time that he got recognized. I mean ‘American Idol’ is the biggest TV show in the world.’
--Cat Deely, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’


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-- Times staff writers

Photos, from top: Jane Lynch in character as ‘Glee’s’ Sue Sylvester (credit: Carin Baer/Fox); Betty White (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times); Matt LeBlanc (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images); Amy Poehler (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)