WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Mayim Bialik will be at a cemetery. Denis O’Hare will be trying to figure out what to do with his 4-year old son. And Sarah Paulson will be in a state of terror and anxiety.
Contenders for Emmy Awards say they’ll be plenty busy leading up to the ceremony Sunday at the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles, with pre-red carpet plans ranging from Felicity Huffman’s family time with husband and fellow nominee William H. Macy to a gathering of “Transparent” cast and crew at a nearby hotel.
Nominees spoke to The Associated Press on Friday night on their way into the “Variety” and Women in Film pre-Emmy party:
MAYIM BIALIK, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (“The Big Bang Theory”): “I’m actually going to the cemetery to visit my father’s grave the morning of the Emmys. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur it’s traditional to visit graves. And that Sunday happens to be Emmy Sunday. So, I’m going to go with my kids and my mom and my ex, and we’re going to do that. Then I’m going to order Thai food and start getting hair and makeup around 12, leave the house by 2:30 and hopefully be in bed by 10.”
NIECY NASH, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (“Getting On”): “You know, I haven’t even got that far. It’s so overwhelming. You know, each night there are so many things you have to do and I just started thinking about how the day was going to do — today. ‘Wait a minute. Do I need to write something down?’ I don’t know. I haven’t gotten that far yet.”
DENIS O’HARE, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”): “I have a 4-year old. So, I get up way too early, like at 6:30. ‘Da-da! Da-da!’ … We figure out what we’re going to make him to eat, figure out what we’re going to do with the 4-year old for a whole morning. And then I’ll probably think about the fact that I have to go to the Emmys. And then I’ll get dressed up really quickly. And then I’ll get in a car. We’ll get stuck in traffic for about two hours. And then you’ll fight on the red carpet, which is extraordinary. And then you sit in the room, and you get really, really nervous, and you think, ‘I’m not going to win. I’m not going to win.’ And then you go to the gifting suite and then you get really cool stuff. And then you go back up and you don’t win. And then you go to dinner. And then you go to a party, and you go to a party, and you go home.”
FELICITY HUFFMAN, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (“American Crime”): “We’re nominated together (with husband Macy for “Shameless”). So that’s a pretty great date night. I feel like it’s a win already, and I almost wish that the end of the contest didn’t happen, that we could just leave like, ‘We’re all nominated’ as opposed to ‘We both lost.”
JANE KRAKOWSKI, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”): “After’30 Rock,’ I thought that might have been it. So, I’m so happy to be invited back to the party. You know, it’ll be glam times. It’ll be, like, trying on fancy dresses, people fussing doing hair and makeup. It’s nice. It’s a little bit of fantasy for the day.”
SARAH PAULSON, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (“American Horror Story: Freak Show”): “I always worry that it’s such a fluke that I’ve been nominated. So, when it happens again, I think, ‘Oh! Maybe it wasn’t a mistake. They did it more than once.’ “
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (“The Honorable Woman”),: “I think it’s kind of our final celebration. We’ve kind of been running around with it for a long time.”
JILL SOLOWAY, creator of the Outstanding Comedy Series nominee “Transparent:” ”I probably shouldn’t say the name of the hotel in case Jeffrey (Tambor) has any stalkers. But we’re all going to be getting ready. And then we’re going to go to the thing. And then we’re going to sit in the chairs and wait.”