Even without eight weeks of pre-Emmy anxiety, this can be an overwhelming time of year for TV’s top players. But between press for the upcoming fall season and production schedules, Emmy nominees are also juggling increased demands of their time while preparing for the big night.
Repeat nominees know what to expect, but for others, being caught up in the pre-Emmy crunch is a confusing yet fascinating predicament.
“There’s this odd sensation that it’s happening to somebody else,” says Jim Parsons, lead comedy actor nominee for “The Big Bang Theory.”
Parson’s adventure started when he and Chandra Wilson announced the nominees July 16. “We ran off the stage and immediately began doing press,” he says. “If this were happening in mid-December, perhaps it would feel odd, but it kind of fits in right now with (promoting the show). I guess the actual topic at hand is different, and there are a few more interviews, but it feels somewhat normal.”
Even after a day of back-to-back interviews, Elisabeth Moss, nominated as lead actress in a drama for “Mad Men,” seemed undaunted.
“I suppose it’s gotten a little busier, but it’s a combination of the Emmy nominations and season three premiering soon, and we’re actually still filming season three,” Moss says, noting that “Mad Men” is supposed to wrap production mere days before awards night. “I don’t know that it’s gotten much crazier. I actually feel more relaxed in a way. I’m like, ‘OK. I seem to be doing a good job. I seem to be striking a chord somewhere, so I’m on the right track.’ ”
Moss tries to keep things in perspective. “You have to strike a balance in understanding the importance of the nomination and being honored by it and also not getting too wrapped up in the hoopla surrounding it.”
Time constraints and press requests aren’t the only pressures facing nominees; acceptance speeches and the red carpet loom heavily, too.
If a recent dream is any indication, lead comedy actress nominee Sarah Silverman of “The Sarah Silverman Program” seems more stressed by what to wear than by dealing with the press.
“It sounds so dumb when you wake up, but it was one of those stress nightmares where it’s the Emmys and I still don’t have a dress, and I’m, like, trying on clothes in my mom’s closet and nothing fits me. I can’t squeeze anything on, and the Emmys already started and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, I’m never going to make it there.’ ”
Silverman will have a speech prepared, just in case. “But have you seen who I’m up against? It’s like crazy,” she says. “I’m just so excited I get to go and wear a dress.”
“I’m telling myself to enjoy these surreal feelings,” Parsons concludes. “Because if someone’s lucky enough to have it happen more than once, and you start attending more of these events, I imagine that feeling fades away. There are good things about becoming more knowledgeable about anything. You get more comfortable, but that feeling of ‘Whoo!’ and being swept off your feet — you don’t get to keep that forever, and it’s nice, if a little frightening at times.”