Actresses trade quips ahead of Emmy nominations

Sun Jul 13, 2008 10:36pm EDT
 
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By Ray Richmond

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Serious Emmy candidates don't feign nonchalance -- for them, a peer honor is a genuinely exciting prospect, a fact that became clear during a recent candid discussion with seven of TV's top actresses.

Four are past Emmy nominees: Kyra Sedgwick of TNT's "The Closer," Minnie Driver of FX's "The Riches," Jenna Fischer of NBC's "The Office" and Calista Flockhart of ABC's "Brothers & Sisters." One is a previous winner: Felicity Huffman of ABC's "Desperate Housewives."

Also on hand were contenders Tichina Arnold of the CW's "Everybody Hates Chris" and Brooke Shields of NBC's "Lipstick Jungle."

Ahead of Thursday's announcement of the Primetime Emmy nominees, the group elaborated on everything from receiving Emmy attention, to working in TV vs. film, to the challenge of navigating Hollywood in a youth-fixated culture.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: FELICITY, YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE IN

THIS ROOM WHO HAS WON AN EMMY. HOW DID IT CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

FELICITY HUFFMAN: Wow. I guess people take my phone calls more.

MINNIE DRIVER: Yes, it helps Felicity when she makes the calls. "Hello? Emmy winner here."   Continued...

 
<p>Actress Jenna Fischer from "The Office" arrives at the 14th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles January 27, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Blake</p>