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Emmy nominees confess nerves, fear ... the need for beer

September 9, 2008 |  9:01 am


Newsweek gathered together five Emmy nominees — Rachel Griffiths ("Brothers & Sisters"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Mary-Louise Parker ("Weeds"), John Slattery ("Mad Men"), and Rainn Wilson ("The Office") — for a lively discussion.

While it may have been called a roundtable, Griffiths, a four-time nominee, found a way to sit at the head of it, so to speak. She held forth on a variety of subjects, including the need to bring cash for the bar at the 2007 Emmy ceremony: "Last year I was trying to borrow $5 from a man I've never met. I promised I'd send it back to him, and it took so long to get the money to get the beer to calm the nerves. I look up and Sally Field's on the television and ... I go running and bang on the door, like, 'You have to let me back in. That's my mother up there!' They said, 'I'm sorry, Ma'am, we're in lockout.'"

Parker is the lone Emmy champ among the participants; she won for supporting actress in 2004  for the miniseries "Angels in America." Though a double nominee last year — as lead actress in both a comedy series ("Weeds") and mini or movie ("The Robber Bride") — she admits, "I didn't prepare a speech for either because I knew I was going to lose twice."(And indeed she did, to America Ferrara for "Ugly Betty" and Helen Mirren for the final "Prime Suspect," respectively.)

Wilson talks about losing his first bid in the supporting race last year: "I was really nervous. I didn't think I was going to be, and then I got in the seats, and then when the announcer is, like, 'Up next, after this commercial, the best-supporting-actor comedy award!' Then all of a sudden my heart was just pounding — I really thought my heart was going to explode and I was going to vomit blood. And then they read Jeremy Piven's name and I was, like, Whew."

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