Who will win the Emmy for Best Drama Supporting Actor this year with John Lithgow (“The Crown”) out of the way? Lithgow won in 2017 for playing British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, but he only stayed with the show for one season, which opens the door for a new winner this year. Gold Derby has hosted exclusive web chats with 11 of this year’s candidates, many of them potential first-time nominees. Click the links below to be taken to their full interviews.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”): Coster-Waldau plays Jaime Lannister, the unscrupulous but loyal brother (and lover) of Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). He has competed six times at the SAG Awards with the show’s ensemble cast (2012, 2014-2018). He has yet to be nominated for an Emmy. (Click here to be taken to his full interview)
O-T Fagbenle (“The Handmaid’s Tale”): Fagbenle plays Luke, the husband of handmaid June Osborne (Elisabeth Moss). He competed at the SAG Awards earlier this year as part of the show’s ensemble and previously had TV roles in “Looking” and “The Interceptor.” (Click here to be taken to his full interview)
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”): Fiennes plays Captain Fred Waterford, a high-ranking government official in a theocratic regime. He previously received SAG and BAFTA nominations for Best Actor for the film “Shakespeare in Love” (1998). He won the ensemble award for “Shakespeare” and earned another ensemble nom earlier this year for “Handmaid’s.” (Click here to be taken to his full interview)
Brendan Fraser (“Trust”): Fraser plays James Fletcher Chace, a fixer for billionaire J. Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland) tracking down the rich man’s kidnapped grandson. He previously won a SAG ensemble prize for “Crash” (2005), but he has yet to contend for an Emmy despite recent TV roles in “Texas Rising” and “The Affair.” (Click here to be taken to his full interview)
Justin Hartley (“This Is Us”): Hartley plays Kevin, one of three siblings in the close-knit Pearson family and an actor struggling with substance abuse. He won a SAG ensemble award for the show earlier this year, and he previously earned a Daytime Emmy nom for Best Actor for “The Young and the Restless” (2016). (Click here to be taken to his full interview)
Louis Herthum (“Westworld”): Herthum plays Peter Abernathy, a robot at a futuristic amusement park who’s also the father of a rebellious host (Evan Rachel Wood). He has no previous Emmy noms, but he has amassed numerous film and TV credits, including “Murder, She Wrote,” “True Blood” and “Longmire.” (Click here to be taken to his full interview)
Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine (“The Chi”): Mwine plays Ronnie Jackson, an unemployed man who murders a young boy to avenge the death of his surrogate son. He has also had prominent roles in “Heroes,” “Treme” and “The Knick,” among other shows and films. (Click here to be taken to his full interview)
Simon Quarterman (“Westworld”): Quarterman plays Lee Sizemore, narrative director at a futuristic amusement park where lifelike robots turn on humans. The British actor has previously appeared in the TV programs “Down to Earth” and “Holby City.” (Click here to be taken to his full interview)
Paul Reiser (“Stranger Things”): Reiser plays Dr. Sam Owens, a scientific researcher who takes over a sinister government lab. He previously competed 10 times at the Emmys for “Mad About You”: four for Best Comedy Series as a producer (1994-1997) and six for Best Comedy Actor (1994-1999). But he has yet to win. (Click here to be taken to his full interview)
Noah Schnapp (“Stranger Things”): Schnapp plays Will Byers, a young boy fighting against the dark forces of the Upside Down that are still terrorizing him. He won a SAG ensemble prize for the show in 2017, and was nominated again this year. (Click here to be taken to his full interview)
Matt Smith (“The Crown”): Smith plays Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and husband of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy). He earned back-to-back SAG ensemble nominations for the show (2017-2018). Before that he was nominated for Best Actor at the BAFTA TV Awards for “Doctor Who” (2011). (Click here to be taken to his full interview)
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