Emmy Contenders Live Chats 2015 by The Times
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Emmy contenders live chats 2015 by The Times

Emmy Contenders Live Chats 2015 by The Times

A look at the Emmy contenders we’ve invited to chat with us, as we gear up for the big awards show.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Sarah Paulson | ‘American Horror Story’

“I actually had a conversation with Tatiana Maslany at Comic-Con right before we started ‘Freak Show,’” Sarah Paulson said. "...She said, ‘It will be the most rewarding thing you do, but it’s going to be really hard.’ And it was. And it is.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Tony Hale | ‘Veep’

On receiving his Emmy nomination: “That’s a party I never thought I’d be invited to. If anybody ever gets used to it, I think they need to be popped upside the head.” For more, see the video chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Jane_Krakowski | ‘Kimmy Schmidt’

On her character: “I have great sympathy for Jacqueline,” Jane Krakowski says. “I love that she found some sort of, ‘I’ve got to go home and find my real truth.’ ” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Michael Kelly | ‘House of Cards’

On receiving his nomination at work: “I cried. You work so hard, especially this season. The character turned into almost another person. To put in all that hard work -- that’s a goal. My mom always said to set goals and write ‘em down.’ That was a goal of mine, and I achieved it." Click here for the whole conversation.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Richard Cabral | ‘American Crime’

On reading the script and understanding his character Tonz: “It hit me,” Richard Cabral says. “It started talking about my personal life experiences, and it got me.” Watch the chat here

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Finn Wittrock | ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

When “American Horror Story” creator  flat-out offered Finn Wittrock a role on “American Horror Story: Freak Show:” “Uh, is this real life?” the newly minted Emmy nominee wondered. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Mayim Bialik | ‘The Big Bang Theory’

On her on-screen relationship: “People want to jump to all sorts of conclusions,” Mayim Bialik says, “because it’s super-exciting to do so and they love these characters and they know them. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Randall Park | ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

On his portrayal of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in “The Interview”: “Initially, I thought this is crazy but kind of cool,” Randall Park says. “But then I’d be at the market, and people would be looking at me like, ‘What are you doing in the market?” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Regina King | ‘American Crime’

On the impact of “American Crime”: “It couldn’t have come at a better time,” Regina King says. “A lot of things we tackled in the show have been going on for a long time. It’s been an opportunity  to start a conversation.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Yael Stone | ‘Orange Is the New Black’

On her show’s character: “What’s so important about Lorna is that she works from the outside in,” Yael Stone says. “She uses masks to make herself feel better. I think a lot of people in the world do that, and it’s a very valid way to be.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | John Benjamin Hickey | ‘Manhatttan’

On the learning curve: “This material scared me to death. And I loved that as an actor. I love being scared by something,” says John Benjamin Hickey. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Kiefer Sutherland | ’24'

On revisting his most iconic role: “I feel the character changes so many times in small ways from season to season, so it was always interesting for me to play,” says Keifer Sutherland. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Carrie Brownstein | ‘Portlandia’

On why she deleted her Twitter account: “I have to create a container for myself in which to work,” Carrie Brownstein explains. “I’m just like anyone else. I’m prone to distraction.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Anna Chlumsky | ‘Veep’’

On a particulary angry scene: “Oh, geez!” Anna Chlumsky says, when told about the praise critics have accorded the moment. “That’s so kind of them.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times |Titus Welliver | ‘Bosch’

On his character: “It’s always a daunting task if you’re going to portray a character who’s somewhat iconic in that genre,” says Titus Welliver. Watch the chat here

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Bill Paxton | ‘Texas Rising’

On his famous connection: “My dad told us when we were kids that we were somehow related to Sam Houston,” says Bill Paxton. Watch the chat here

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Fred Armisen | ‘Portlandia’

On the joys of working alongside “Sesame Street’s” Oscar the Grouch: “You feel yourself become this little kid. You’re like, you’re talking to Oscar the Grouch,” Armisen says. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Timothy Simons | ‘Veep’

On awkward moments on set: “I don’t know if it’s like this in your workplace, but every once in a while, I’m learning, someone has to touch your genitals in my workplace,” Timothy Simons says. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Constance Wu | ‘Fresh Off the Boat’

On her character: “She wants to fit in, but in her own way, just like her son wants to fit in,” Constance Wu says. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Tituss Burgess | ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’

On landing his role in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: “My initial response was, ‘This has got be a joke,’” Tituss Burgess says. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Mary Steenburgen | ‘Justifed’

“It’s been an extraordinary year, and I’ve had such a good time,” Mary Steenburgen says. “It’s kind of crazy because I don’t know that I expected this to happen at my age.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Thomas Middleditch | ‘Silicon Valley’

“People come up and say ‘hi,’ which is really cool,” says Thomas Middleditch. “So it’s all been pretty positive.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Angela Bassett | ‘American Horror Story’

“Directing was something that I toyed with in my mind, but, of course, it felt daunting,” Angela Bassett says. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Amanda Peet | ‘Togetherness’

"[The show’s creators] have told me, ‘Can you swear just a little bit less?’ ” Amanda Peet reveals. “My husband gives me that note too.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Gillian Jacobs | ‘Community’

“We never talk about the relationships on ‘Community,’ ” Jacobs said. “There’s not a psychological profile of the characters.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Tracee Ellis Ross | | ‘black-ish’

On the shout-out she and the rest of the cast got from President Obama: “My heart started beating. Do I stand up? Do I wave and say hello?” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Jonathan Banks | ‘Better Call Saul’

On the origin of the “Breaking Bad” spinoff: “Wherever [Banks’ character Mike] has lost his soul has to do with his son,” Banks confided to show creator Vince Gilligan. “And Vince went, ‘Hmmm ... well ... well ...” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Terry Crews | ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

“I really believe we don’t survive off food. We survive off the energy of other people,” Terry Crews says. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Jaime Camile | ‘Jane the Virgin’

On ‘Jane the Virgin’: “It’s such a fast-paced show. If you stand up for a glass of water in the middle of the episode, you loose a big chunk of story.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Michael McKean | ‘Better Call Saul’

On his role within the show and the collaborators: “It’s a win-win.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Kit Harington | ‘Game of Thrones’

“There are people who have been around for seasons that I haven’t even met," Kit Harington says of “Game of Thrones” with a laugh. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Joelle Carter | ‘Justified’

“I knew how it was going to end, although we didn’t know how we were going to get there. And the way we shoot on ‘Justified,’ you’re never quite sure,” Joelle Carter says. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Robin Lord Taylor | ‘Gotham’

“I was establishing myself and growing up, becoming an adult in a certain way. It was a really profound experience,” says Robin Lord Taylor of his professional growth. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Jamie Dornan | ‘The Fall’

“Can we get arrested for this? Hold on ... this is a really bad reveal: I, like, followed a woman off the train one day to see what it felt like to pursue someone like that,” says Jamie Dornan of his prep for “The Fall.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson | ‘Broad City’

“We have very different moments when we’re shooting that are the most terrifying for us,” Abbi Jacobson says. “Mine are being naked, and Ilana’s are not being naked.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Lorraine Toussaint | ‘Orange Is the New Black’

“If I had known half of what Vee eventually ended up doing, I probably would have thought that I couldn’t do it,” says Lorraine Toussaint of her character on the comedy. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Theo Rossi | ‘Sons of Anarchy’

“The show started off as a family and ended as a family,” says Theo Rossi of his experience. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Maura Tierney | ‘The Affair’

“I made a joke that when we go to Helen’s POV, everyone’s giant, weird puppets like Mummenschanz, like Helen’s insane,” Maura Tierney says of her character. “But they’re not going to do that, no.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Louis Gossett Jr. | ‘Book of Negroes’

“After concentrating either on [basketball] or all of what God has given me as a gift, I went with ‘A Raisin in the Sun,’ and the rest is history,” Louis Gossett Jr. says of his career. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Eve Hewson | ‘The Knick’

“It’s kind of a survival-of-the-fittest type of show,” Eve Hewson says of “The Knick.” Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Andre Holland | ‘The Knick’

“Growing up black and in the South, there’s a rage I think that can happen to a person, and I think that comes from being overlooked, from not being heard, not feeling seen, and it comes out in one way or another," Andre Holland says. Watch the chat here.

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Celebrity portraits by The Times | Wendi McLendon-Covey | ‘The Goldbergs’

“I’m not a mom in real life, so it’s fun to play one. I absolutely feel like I’m getting a glimpse into my mother’s world when I was growing up in the ‘80s and what she has to deal with,” says Wendi McLendon-Covey of her charachter on “The Goldbergs.” Watch the chat here.

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