[WATCH] Emmy nominee Constance Zimmer (‘UnReal’): ‘It’s fun to be the underdog’

“I think that it’s fun to be the underdog,” Constance Zimmer told Gold Derby about being a surprise winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards for her Lifetime drama “UnReal.” She spoke to us via webchat before this year’s Emmy Awards nominations were announced, where she went on to earn her first bid as Best Drama Supporting Actress for playing Quinn King, the demanding executive producer of a reality dating television show. Watch our fun interview above.

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As Gold Derby exclusively reported, Zimmer has selected “Mother” as her episode submission to Emmy judges. According to the Lifetime listing for her episode: “Broke and drowning under a pile of bills, Rachel is forced to ask her mother for financial support. Meanwhile, Quinn tends to Chet after a health scare; and Lizzie discovers details about Jeremy and Rachel’s history.”

Zimmer continues, “I play underdogs on television and I feel like I’m an underdog as an actor. I’ve been around for so long and it’s just fun to feel like everybody was unbelievably excited for me, and that I think is what made the [Critics’ Choice] win even that much greater and that much stronger.”

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Coming up next is the Emmy Awards, where Zimmer just earned her first-ever nomination. What did she tell us earlier about this possibility? “I honestly don’t even think I can wrap my head around that. It seems so surreal and unattainable right now. I think if a nomination happened, I’m not quite sure what I would do with myself. I might not be able to leave the house for a few days because I’d be so emotional.”

Also in our webchat, the actress readily admits that her character Quinn “is a challenge. Every time I read a script, I’m like, I don’t know how I’m gonna make that work. I really don’t. Here goes nothing!”

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