Who will be nominated for Best Drama Actress at the 2018 Emmys? Gold Derby has conducted exclusive web chats with six of this year’s contenders, including previous winners and potential first-timers. Follow the links below to be taken to their full interviews.
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander”): Balfe plays Claire Randall, a married nurse in 1945 who is mysteriously transported back in time to the rugged highlands of 1743 Scotland, where she falls in love with warrior Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). She has received three consecutive Golden Globe nominations for Best TV Drama Actress for the role (2016-2018), but is still awaiting her first Emmy nom. (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Jodie Comer (“Killing Eve”): Comer plays Villanelle, a psychotic assassin being hunted by an MI5 officer (Sandra Oh). Comer earned a BAFTA TV nomination for Best Actress for the limited series “Thirteen” (2015). She has also appeared in “The White Princess” and “Doctor Foster.” (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Maggie Gyllenhaal (“The Deuce”): Gyllenhaal plays Candy, a prostitute in 1970s New York City struggling to get by. Gyllenhaal is an Oscar nominee for “Crazy Heart” (Best Supporting Actress in 2009) and a previous Emmy nominee for “The Honorable Woman” (Best Movie/Mini Actress in 2015), for which she won a Golden Globe. She picked up another Globe bid for “The Deuce” for Best TV Drama Actress earlier this year. (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Laura Linney (“Ozark”): Linney plays Wendy Byrd, whose family is uprooted from Chicago to the Ozarks after her husband (Jason Bateman) gets in trouble with the drug cartel he’s laundering money for. Linney is a three-time Oscar nominee, and she also has four Emmys on her mantel: Best Movie/Mini Actress for “Wild Iris” in 2002, “John Adams” in 2008, and “The Big C” in 2013; and Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Frasier” in 2004. “Ozark” brought her a SAG Award nomination earlier this year. (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Mandy Moore (“This Is Us”): Moore plays Rebecca Pearson, the matriarch of a close-knit family. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Best TV Supporting Actress for the show in 2017 and won a SAG Award as a member of the ensemble cast earlier this year, but an Emmy nomination this year would be her first. (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
Niecy Nash (“Claws”): Nash plays Desna Simms, a manicurist who uses her nail salon to launder drug money. Nash received back-to-back Emmy nominations for Best Comedy Supporting Actress for “Getting On” (2015-2016). She is also a Daytime Emmy winner for “Clean House” (Best Special Class Special in 2010). (Click here to be taken to her full interview)
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