Nominations for the 65th Emmy Awards were announced Thursday morning. Here's a round-up of reaction from the nominees.
Sarah Paulson, supporting actress, miniseries or movie, American Horror Story: Asylum
Paulson is in New Orleans, getting ready for season three of Ryan Muphy's Horror Story. "I'm here, ready and getting ready. I'm in New Orleans. There's nothing I can say. But Coven is in the title and that implies witches," she says. So how does the actress celebrate the nomination, which she says feels "so sweet?" She's going to try and find some bubbly. "I'm away from home and I'm not with any of my friends. I'll go try and find the rest of the crew that is here and go drink some Champagne. Maybe I'll start now. Is that weird? It's a morning beverage," giggles Paulson.
Zachary Quinto, supporting actor, miniseries or movie, American Horror Story: Asylum
Quinto is in sweltering New York City, relishing his first Emmy nomination for Ryan Murphy's American Horror Story. "It's a nice way to start my day. I can roll into my morning," says Quinto. He just got off the phone with his co-star, fellow nominee and close pal Sarah Paulson. "To share in this with her, a great friend, is really special. I'm so happy," he says. "I've never been nominated for an Emmy before and I started working in television so it's like coming full circle." Next up for the actor: the Broadway production of the play The Glass Menagerie, opening Sept. 26. Rehearsals, he says, "start in one month exactly. I'm shifting out of the mode of being press-heavy and social and traveling a lot. I'm being at home in New York and reading a lot and getting ready. I'm only excited about it."
Jim Parsons, lead actor, comedy, The Big Bang Theory
Emmy winner Parsons is nominated again for playing Caltech theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper in The Big Bang Theory. And no, says Parsons, hearing his name called never gets old. "It's only awesome every time. It really is. I'll be honest with you. As you go through life and things keep moving and changing, you never know what you're going to feel. The longer the show is on the air, the more of a surprise and honor this becomes. It's such an expansive TV landscape. There's so many choices out there. You just never know with these types of things. I feel very touched by it," he says. As for Parsons, who's in New York, no cocktails are on tap for him today. "No plan has been made in direct relation to this morning's news. I don't know that it will. It's always a shame, on days like this, that I don't drink. You could certainly owe yourself a cocktail. But I don't drink. I'll find something else to imbibe that isn't good for me," he says.
Melissa Leo, guest actress in a comedy, Louie
"When my heart stops pounding so hard I'll let you know (how I feel)," laughs Leo. "I'd say I'm the most delighted actor in all the USA." How is this different from an Oscar nomination? "There's something about the people who make us laugh. And the other ladies in the category are people who have committed to finding humor, to telling their stories. And Louis C.K. is a genius in that. As an actor who's been willing and happy to do anything all my days, when an audience laugh at what you intended to be funny, there's no other sound in the world that compares to that. I'm all for making people cry and think and grow and learn, but good golly, laughter is the best medicine. And it's a hard nut to crack I think." After she heard the news, her first call was to her son. "The very first thing I did this morning I called my son, because as much as I've had a lot lovely help over these last few years industry-wise, it was my son on the red carpet at the Mildred Pierce nomination who said, 'Ooh Louis C.K., I want to meet him.' I'm quite sure that's how I got the job."
Don Cheadle, lead actor, comedy, House of Lies
Cheadle was taking calls from an unlikely place. "I'm just trying to be quiet because I'm on the golf course," he said with a laugh. He was excited about being able to bring new attention to House of Lies. "It's great because we obviously want to bring eyes to the show and get new viewers. It always helps to have a reason to talk about the show, so it's really nice. For me it's rewarding because I really like this character. (House of Lies) just keeps pushing the places where the character goes and the relationships. I like seeing how elastic it is."
Vera Farmiga, lead actress, drama, Bates Motel
The actress is in Vancouver, doing pre-production for the second season of her show, about which she can reveal nothing. "It gets better and better. I'm so amused. I can't get over what they have me doing on the show," she says. She's going to celebrate her nomination by paying it forward. "I have Conjuring opening this weekend. I'm going to take Freddie Highmore to a midnight screening and go incognito and support opening weekend," she says. The mom of two insists that in Bates, she's actually not playing the mother from hell. "I don't think she is. I will dispute that. I will defend her to her death. She's heavenly. When your child loses contact with reality, man, how do you get your child to know you love them? She comes with her own sordid past," she says.
Anna Chlumsky, supporting actress, comedy, Veep
The new mom is spending her day being blissfully normal at home in New York. "Today, I will be breastfeeding all day. It's pretty hot so we're lucky enough to have air conditioning. It feels very luxurious," she says. So does her nomination. "It's really wild. I'm very surprised. As far as the show goes, I'm terribly proud and excited. We all get to band together and be excited," says Chlumsky. Her co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus earned her 14th Emmy nomination, thus making history. The actress can also party like a pro. "I think Julia can give me a run for my money. She's stayed out later than me before. She can be inspiring in all venues of life," says Chlumsky. Being on a series about a rabidly ambitious vice president hasn't made Chlumsky hungry for a political career. "I'm not a politician. I'm a voting citizen like anyone else. That's not my world at all. It makes me more sympathetic with everyone who goes through that. When I see a gaffe on TV, I'm thinking, 'Come on, they're just people,' " she says.
Dan Bucatinsky, guest actor in a drama series, Scandal
Bucatinsky, who plays a stay-at-home dad turned political reporter on Scandal, could have sworn a co-star was punking him on Twitter this morning. "I'm a little stunned. I'm a little shaky. I could have used an EMT this morning," he says, calling in from the set of Grey's Anatomy (where Ellen Pompeo and Sandra Oh "gave me a mazel"). "So there are enough fake doctors if I plotz," he jokes. He credits his nomination to the diversity — both of plot and character — found in Shonda Rhimes' buzzy political drama. "I'm so grateful to Shonda," he says. "The notion of creating a chief of staff of the White House (played by Jeff Perry, whom Bucatinsky called first) who has a husband at home who is baby-obsessed and wants a child … and what has become a very three-dimensional, complicated, complex marriage. People have really responded to that. And by the way, I live that. It's very deep to me. I'm a gay dad, I'm married to my husband for 20 years. So this role has become very profound for me and very personal."
Emilia Clarke, supporting actress in a drama series, Game of Thrones
Clarke's morning started with a bit of shoe-throwing. "It was really bizarre because I'm staying with (best friend and Game of Thrones co-star) Rose Leslie and we were talking last night about (hoping the show would get recognized). And then 6 o'clock rolls around and my alarm in the hotel started beeping terribly. I didn't set the alarm and I didn't know what was going on. I was finding shoes to throw at things. And then my phone started ringing. It took like two or three phone calls for them to say 'No no, you are nominated as well as the show,' " she laughs. Her first call? "I was on the phone with my publicist and I was like, I need to call my mum! Please can I call my mum!" New York-based, the British actress says she's getting approached on the street "more and more. I was in a card shop the other day getting stationery and this woman came up to me and was like, 'I just bought a wedding card for my best friend, will you sign it?' And I was like, 'Um, yes, of course!' And then I was in a play on Broadway and there were a few autograph people when I was walking about of the stage door one night. And one of them was a boy with his shirt up asking me to sign his chest. Which was the weirdest thing I've ever done."