Did you miss our exclusive Google Hangout chats featuring this year’s Emmy contenders for Best Comedy Actress? We’ve listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie“), Ellie Kemper (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt“), Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin“), Constance Wu (“Fresh Off the Boat“), Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish“), Kristen Schaal (“The Last Man on Earth“), Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer (“Broad City“) and Aya Cash (“You’re the Worst“), as well as our podcast with Lisa Kudrow (“The Comeback“)
How many of them do you think will earn Emmy nominations?
Edie Falco on the ending of “Nurse Jackie”: “There’s so much pressure about this ‘last episode syndrome’ about having to make it the most special thing, [but] it feels in keeping with the show throughout, and I couldn’t ask more than that. I’m very proud of it.”
Ellie Kemper on the positive attitude of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”: “It is optimistic, and that is one of the underlying themes. Bad things happen to people, but you can’t curl up in a ball and die. You have to keep going.”
Gina Rodriguez on potentially breaking new ground for the CW network with “Jane the Virgin”: “I would love to be the first. That would be phenomenal for the network, for the show, for the cast, for [creator] Jennie Urman. That would be incredible.”
Lisa Kudrow on Valerie Cherish’s flaws in “The Comeback”: “She’s a decent person, [but] I think she can’t help but be self-absorbed. Whatever that damage is, we haven’t fully explored yet. That whole thing also just about having to be nice and positive, it’s also for herself to keep going … if she’s gonna stay in this game.”
Constance Wu on avoiding the controversy around “Fresh of the Boat” memorist Eddie Huang: “If it did affect me, it was more like it made me feel like I should focus on the things that I do know, that I do have authority to speak on, which is my craft as an actor, and try to do my best in that realm and hopefully that would encourage others to follow suit.”
Tracee Ellis Ross on getting the opportunity to play a mixed-race woman in “Black-ish”: “Bow’s experience as a mixed-race woman is very different from my experience as a mixed-race woman. However, the ability to explore that, to play it as an actual character trait is really fun … There’s a whole bunch of story in that that I hope we get to explore.”
Kristen Schaal on the potential of an Emmy nomination for “The Last Man on Earth”: “I guess I would feel like I got into the coolest kids in town club. I wonder if we would get to hang out together. I feel like I would probably talk really loud because I’d be so nervous around them because I look up to them so much.”
Abbi Jacobson (with Ilana Glazer) on their unique perspective on New York in “Broad City”: “Even when you’re next to the most disgusting thing in the world, you can turn the corner and it’s the most beautiful, most recognizable buildings in the whole world. Those juxtapositions are so New York.”
Aya Cash on playing a cynical character in “You’re the Worst”: “I’ve never been super attracted to the likable characters, the nice girls, the more palatable people in life, so I knew there was an audience out there because I would be part of it.”
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