Gerald McRaney chats about Emmy-nominated ‘This Is Us’ role: ‘You never know how those things are gonna work’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO]

As we continue to digest the 2017 Emmy nominations, we’re still over the moon that TV legend Gerald McRaney was finally able to claim his first career bid. From “The Rockford Files” to “Major Dad” to “Deadwood,” you’d think the veteran actor would have collected a few bids by now, but his Drama Guest Actor nom for NBC’s family drama “This is Us” is his very first. Back before the nominations came out, we chatted with McRaney about all of the Emmy buzz he was receiving for playing Dr. Nathan Katowski, otherwise known as Dr. K. Watch our exclusive interview above.

“It would be nice,” McRaney admitted of the thought of earning recognition from the TV academy. “I’m not gonna hold my breath for it. You never know how those things are gonna work. But the thing that’s good for me is to be part of a show that’s getting this kind of notice. That not only are people tuning in — so much so that it got a two-season pickup — but that it’s getting the critical acclaim.”

“It’s great to be a part of that,” McRaney added about the family viewing aspect of the breakthrough TV show. “I’m getting now recognized by three generations of people, which is a little disconcerting to realize that that can happen. But yeah, it’s delightful to still be a part of the mix.”

In all, “This Is Us” earned 10 Emmy nominations: Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia for Best Drama Actor, Chrissy Metz for Best Drama Supporting Actress, Ron Cephas Jones for Best Drama Supporting Actor, Brian Tyree Henry, Denis O’Hare and McRaney for Best Drama Guest Actor, Best Drama Casting, Best Non-Prosthetic Makeup and, of course, Best Drama Series.

SEE 2017 Emmy nominations list: All the nominees

Also in our interview, McRaney fondly remembered the late Powers Boothe, who he co-starred with on “Deadwood.” He talked about his classic TV roles from “Simon & Simon” to “Designing Women,” and shared what it was like playing Dolly Parton‘s grandfather in NBC’s “Coat of Many Colors” telefilms.

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