Entertainment Weekly


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content
Join PetHero
Save 25% at the vet; get toys and treats, and a 24/7 lost pet conciergeLearn More


Ricky Gervais Emmy nomination for Derek: Wants to bring his cat to the ceremony: Interview

Posted on

Joel Anderson/Netlfix

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

Related Stories

The Emmys: Everything you need to know about the 2015 ceremony

Emmy predictions: Who will get nominated (and why)

EW picks the 20 best TV scenes of the past year