Did you miss our exclusive Google Hangout chats with 12 of this year’s Emmy contenders for Best Drama Actor? We’ve listed them all below for your viewing pleasure, including our interviews with Bob Odenkirk (“Better Call Saul“), Clive Owen (“The Knick“), Sam Heughan (“Outlander“), Michael Sheen (“Masters of Sex“), Matthew Rhys (“The Americans“), Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers“), Jamie Dornan (“The Fall“), Ben McKenzie (“Gotham“), Jeremy Piven (“Mr. Selfridge“), Aden Young (“Rectify“), John Benjamin Hickey (“Manhattan“) and Cillian Murphy (“Peaky Blinders“).
How many of them do you think will earn Emmy nominations?
Bob Odenkirk on the anxiety of following up “Breaking Bad” with spinoff “Better Call Saul”: “I don’t want to overstate it, but we were appropriately nervous about even doing the show. And then, how would it be accepted?”
Clive Owen on making a different kind of period piece with “The Knick”: “I just thought it was the most original and very unusual for a period piece as well. It felt kind of visceral and dangerous and edgy. It was unlike anything I have read.”
Sam Heughan on playing the victim in “Outlander”: “I was really looking forward to it. To go to these dark places at the end of the season was really kind of a gift for an actor — to see their limits and their boundaries.”
Michael Sheen on while he’ll always sympathize with Bill Masters in “Masters of Sex”: “I will never lose sympathy for him because I’m depicting someone who is fighting for his life … The child in the man was taught cruelty by his father.”
Matthew Rhys on what will push Philip over the edge in “The Americans”: “I think Philip has reached a point in his life where he fully understands that this lifestyle is a ticking time bomb. It can’t be sustained … Ultimately, I think his long-term prize is to defect.”
Justin Theroux on benefit of never knowing what comes next on “The Leftovers”: “It’s a very liberating thing to do to an actor is go, ‘Don’t worry about it.’ Just stay in the moment, stay present, and every new piece of information you get is new anyway, so don’t bother trying.”
Jamie Dornan on whether he should get away with murder in “The Fall”: “So many people have said this to me, that you’re almost rooting for him to get away with it, which is really weird. I don’t think I want him to get away with it. I don’t really have much sympathy for the guy.”
Ben McKenzie on taking on the well established world of “Gotham”: “It’s fascinating to enter that mythology… it’s an interesting take on a world that we’re all very familiar with. It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time.”
Jeremy Piven on playing “Mr. Selfridge” title character for three seasons: “I feel like I’m just hitting my stride now. I’ve learnt you’re never too old to learn so I’m learning and hopefully growing and getting better at what I’m doing.”
Aden Young on reacting to his Critics’ Choice nod for “Rectify”: “I just got an email about it and was running around in my socks with my kids. We just danced a little bit, and then we got on with doing something – I think we went fishing to celebrate.”
John Benjamin Hickey on playing a conflicted scientist in “Manhattan”: “There’s a lot of balls in the air but I think at the end of the day Frank kind of follows his heart. For a guy who’s so trapped in his head, that’s an interesting duality, to play the things he’s most emotionally connected to.”
Cillian Murphy on the faster pace of “Peaky Blinders” compared to feature films: “The pace of television is quite accelerated compared to working on film. We make six hours of television. That’s really like three feature films in the space of four months … I prefer that; less hanging around.”
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