Lily Tomlin Talks Being ‘Older’ and ‘Grateful to Have a Job’ at Emmy Celebration

Emmy nominees gathered to celebrate with Television Academy Governors Lily Tomlin and Bob Bergen on Monday night at the Montage Beverly Hills.

When Variety asked if she was still in pursuit of the EGOT (an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony win), Tomlin said, “I think it should be a PEGOT because I have two Peabodys and I’d be that much closer. The Oscar is elusive.” As for her “Grace and Frankie” nomination, Tomlin reflected, “Those of us who are older, we’re so grateful to have a job. We love our company. We have fun.”

Sterling K. Brown, meanwhile, is still adjusting to life as an Emmy nominee for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” “It feels good. I’m a fan first and foremost. There are a lot of people I’m looking forward to meeting: Bryan Cranston. I’ll probably geek out a little bit when I meet him. It’ll take a second to realize I’m here as a peer, not a fan.”

For Constance Zimmer, her nomination for “UnREAL” is especially rewarding. “I was afraid of this role; I thought people were going to hate Quinn. I took a leap of faith with [co-creators] Marti Noxon, Sarah Shapiro, and Lifetime. The fact that I got recognition for this part in particular, it’s more than I ever thought possible.”

Tony Hale won an Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy last year and is up again for his role on HBO’s “Veep.” Hale was effusive about being nominated again for the show. “If it ever gets old, someone needs to slap me upside the head. It’s thrilling. I’m so happy to have a gig and a gig that I love. I’ve had the good fortune of being on some really killer shows with really great, nice people.”

The Emmys air Sept. 18 on ABC with host Jimmy Kimmel.

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