Best Comedy Supporting Actor Emmy contenders: Watch exclusive interviews with Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Rannels and more

Last year there were seven nominees for Best Comedy Supporting Actor. The only one ineligible to return is Keegan-Michael Key (“Key and Peele”), whose show concluded last season. That means we could have a full slate of returning nominees year, including the returning champ Louie Anderson (“Baskets”), but there are a number of high-profile newcomers to this race who have a chance to upset the balance.

Watch our in-depth interviews with eight of this year’s Emmy contenders below:

John Ross Bowie (“Speechless”): “Cerebral palsy means a lot of things to a lot of different people. It’s a huge vast community. Whenever I go anywhere now, I look at the accessibility issues of the place. I think, ‘How would we get Micah in here?’ That’s something that would never have crossed my mind 14 months ago.” (Watch Now)

Jaime Camil (“Jane the Virgin”): “It was a brilliant move to show hints of how it was losing Michael, but then let’s keep the energy and the soul of the show going. Eventually time heals you and then you go back into your normal life.” (Watch Now)

Brett Dier (“Jane the Virgin”): “When I had to do the death scene, after that scene I cried because I was like ‘Wow, this is really happening. This is it.'” (Watch Now)

Griffin Dunne (“I Love Dick”): “There was an innate fantasy that he had about picturing his wife with another man. Personally, I can’t relate to that, and I didn’t do a lot of research to find it, but somehow, in the private world of the bedroom, it really shot up their game.” (Watch Now)

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Brian Tyree Henry (“Atlanta”): “They say, ‘give the people what they want,’ and I think that the people wanted this. I think that there are a lot of stories that weren’t really told that reflected a lot of us.” (Watch Now)

Dan Levy (“Schitt’s Creek”): “We spend the spring and summer shooting for three months with half of that time in the country. Everyone is there because they love to be there. I really revel in that. Whereas writing is the most challenging part of the show and in a way the most fulfilling.” (Watch Now)

Malcolm McDowell (“Mozart in the Jungle”): “[My character wants to] reinvent himself, just like Madonna. He’s trying to be relevant, so he figures well, this is what kids like, let’s see.” (Watch Now)

Andrew Rannells (“Girls”): “I come from a theatrical background where your story doesn’t change from night to night. The challenge of constantly having to update your character and figure out how he is going to react to any given moment is exciting and challenging.” (Watch Now)

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