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July 16, 2015 at 09:18 PM EDT


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Ricky Gervais will be taking his girlfriend to this year’s Emmys, but if he had it his way, he’d be bringing his cat, too.

“My dream date would be me and my cat and my girlfriend,” Gervais, who just scored an Emmy nomination for his role in Netflix’s Derektells EW. “And they’d wear matching dresses. It’s got weird now, isn’t it? This got really weird.”

Sadly, he’ll probably have to leave his cat at home — but it should be a good night anyway: This marks his second time being nominated for Derek, a show he calls “tiny and quirky and such a labor of love.”

“I know I come across as this cynic who laughs at Hollywood and fame and awards shows,” Gervais says. “But it’s still a genuinely warm feeling, your peers saying, ‘We quite like that. It’s lovely.'”

Also a probably “geuninely warm feeling”? Not having to compete against frequent Emmy nominee Jim Parsons this year. Derek was previously counted as a comedy series — the same category Big Bang Theory is in — but this year switched over to the limited series category. 

“It will be nice to lose to someone other than Jim Parsons this year,” Gervais says. But when he finds out that Parsons surprisingly didn’t nab a nomination this year, he’s a bit more regretful. “Awww, I should have stayed in that category!” he says, laughing. “I should have lost to Louis C.K. for a change.” 

This year’s Emmys air Sept. 20. See the full list of nominees here

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