Update: Kudos to our past guests who took home 2012 Emmy statuettes: Louis C.K. (Outstanding writing for a variety special, Louie C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre and Outstanding writing for a comedy series, Louie); Kevin Costner (Outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie, Hatfields & McCoys); Damian Lewis, Outstanding lead actor in a drama series, Homeland); and Jay Roach (Outstanding directing for a miniseries or movie, Game Change).
On July 19, 2012, Kerry Washington and a pajama-clad Jimmy Kimmel announced the nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmys.
Drama series Man Men and miniseries American Horror Story lead the way with 17 Emmy Award nominations apiece.
Here’s a compilation of past guests discussing their 2012 Emmy-nominated roles. While some interviews trace back to 2008 (read: Jon Hamm!), the conversations still discuss the character/series for which a nomination was received this year.
Note: Although we did have past guests Louis C.K. (nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – 2012, as Louie in Louie), Idris Elba (Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie – 2012, as John Luther in Luther), Betty White (nominated for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program – 2012, for Betty White’s Off Their Rockers) and Ashley Judd (nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie – 2012, as Rebecca Winstone in Missing), the conversations either predated their involvement in their 2012 Emmy-nominated roles or did not mention the roles or the series.
And presenting…our 2012 Emmy-nominated guests:
Jon Hamm – August 8, 2008
Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2012) as Don Draper in Mad Men
In 2008, the actor earned an outstanding lead actor Emmy nod for his performance in the AMC period drama Mad Men, which received 16 nominations for its debut season.
Michael C. Hall – October 5, 2009
Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2012) as Dexter Morgan in Dexter
The actor compares his Dexter and Six Feet Under characters.
Bryan Cranston – April 2, 2010
Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2012) as Walter White in Breaking Bad
Two-time Emmy winner discusses the timeline for his Breaking Bad series.
Ed O’Neill – January 31, 2011
Nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2012) as Jay Pritchett in Modern Family
The actor compares his success on ABC’s Emmy-winning comedy Modern Family to that of his previous Fox hit, Married with Children.
Don Cheadle – February 21, 2012
Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (2012) as Marty Kaan in House of Lies
The co-exec producer of and actor in Showtime’s House of Lies shares what it’s like to play a character that was not written explicitly for a Black man.
Jay Roach – March 2, 2012
Game Change is nominated for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie (2012)
The director and producer of Game Change, the new HBO dramatization of the 2008 presidential campaign, talks about VP candidate Sarah Palin and whether the filmmakers “went soft” on Sen. John McCain.
Matthew Weiner – March 22, 2012
Mad Men is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series (2012)
The award-winning writer-producer discusses the Emmy-winning Mad Men series that he created and talks about the show’s future with AMC.
Damian Lewis – May 4, 2012
Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (2012) as Nicholas Brody in Homeland
The British actor reflects on portraying American history in Band of Brothers and weighs in on President Obama’s comment on his latest star vehicle, Showtime’s Peabody Award-winning drama series Homeland.
Kevin Costner – May 24-25, 2012
Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (2012) as ‘Devil’ Anse Hatfield in Hatfields & McCoys
In part one of this two-night conversation, the two-time Oscar winner reflects on his body of work and the moment he fully committed to becoming a thespian and discloses the one thing he feels people would envy of him.
In the conclusion of a two-part conversation, Costner discusses his role in the History channel’s first scripted miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys, and his band’s companion CD. He also shares his experience of working with the late Whitney Houston and speaking at her funeral.