Who says celebrities only care about themselves? At last night’s 2010 Entertainment Weekly and Women In Film Pre-Emmy Party, some of television’s biggest stars came out to honor this year’s female Primetime Emmy nominees.
Attendees at the party, sponsored by L’Oreal Paris, included True Blood stars Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and Joe Manganiello; Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men); Mark Salling and Jayma Mays (Glee); Glenn Close (Damages); Sharon Stone; Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights); Kathy Griffin (My Life on the D-List); and Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan.
Before digging into chicken empanadas, spicy tuna cones, and drinks from Vitaminwater Zero, party guests, many of whom are up for awards this year, took time to praise their competition. “We all admit on our show that we love Modern Family,” Glee‘s Jessalyn Gilsig told EW. “We have deep respect for it.” Glee and Modern Family are vying for Outstanding Comedy honors at this year’s awards, taking place Sunday night in Los Angeles.
Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who’s nominated along with Glee‘s Chris Colfer in the Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy category, says he doesn’t see himself as competition: “I feel like I’m a long shot,” he said, adding that he won’t be using a good luck charm to boost his chances. “I don’t want a rabbit’s foot. We’re in the age of salmonella. I don’t think that’s a very sanitary thing.”
Actress Carrie Preston is torn between three Outstanding Drama nominees: She plays Arlene in True Blood; she had a guest spot on The Good Wife; and her husband Michael Emerson starred in Lost. “Every single one of those shows in that category is great. I’m not going to pick!” she exclaimed. Emerson, meanwhile, seemed willing to admit defeat at the hands of the man he stared off with for so many years on Lost, fellow Best Supporting Actor nominee Terry O’Quinn. “I just hope that when he wins, he’ll say something tender about me,” Emerson said.
Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) had the following advice for Jimmy Fallon (who he didn’t even know was hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards): “Jimmy, just be yourself. Everyone loves you.”