Not all of the witty one-liners and thoughtful ruminations at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards took place on stage during the telecast. Many memorable quotes were also served up by winners backstage in the press room. Here’s our recap of the savoriest sound bites. – Reporting by Matt Mitovich and Carrie Borzillo
JIM PARSONS, ‘THE BIG BANG THEORY’ – Lead Actor In A Comedy
How did Jim plan to celebrate on Emmy night? “I am the lamest old man, but I think that this gives me enough energy to make it to 10:30 or 11. I could rock out with some ice cream or something.” Asked what TV nerds inspired him, Parsons cited Ted Baxter (‘from ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’) and Alex P. Keaton (‘Family Ties’), but said he likes the ‘Beautiful Mind’ aspect of Sheldon better.
GEORGE CLOONEY – Recipient Of The Bob Hope Humanitarian Award
Receiving his honor from ‘ER’ leading lady and good friend Julianna Margulies “was pretty great,” Clooney said. “I get the sense that people really do enjoy the fact that [our characters] ended up together, so it meant a lot to have her standing there.” George also took a moment to poke fun at a pal, saying that he and ‘The Office’s John Krasinksi had played basketball on Emmy morning. “If you see him …he’s limping. He’s lost a step,” Clooney teased.
AL PACINO, ‘YOU DON’T KNOW JACK’ – Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
On losing the weight for the portrayal of assisted suicide advocate Dr. Kevorkian, Al noted, “Gaining is much easier. I wish I had to gain wait for a part. I’m of the Oscar Wilde school, ‘Whenever I get the urge to exercise I just lay down until it passes.'”
ERIC STONESTREET, ‘MODERN FAMILY’ – Supporting Actor In A Comedy
“This win is a win for our show,” Eric said of possible hard feelings from fellow nominees Ty Burrell or Jesse Tyler Ferguson. “It won’t be awkward at all.” In creating his portrayal of Cameron, he said the goal was to have “someone somewhere to say I’d sit down and have a beer with that guy,” regardless of his sexual orientation.
ARCHIE PANJABI, ‘THE GOOD WIFE’ – Supporting Actress In A Drama
Panjabi had to note that she wasn’t approached by a single designer to dress her for the Emmys, “but hopefully that will change!” But hopefully, Kalinda’s enigmatic nature won’t. “I’m as taken aback by her mystery as the audience is,” said the actress.
EDIE FALCO, ‘NURSE JACKIE’ – Lead Actress In A Comedy
Falco reiterated the amazement she expressed on stage at winning this category, saying, “All I know is I was nominated… and I laughed my head off, and then I put my dress on and I came here. I really was dumbfounded by the events of the evening.”
BRYAN CRANSTON, ‘BREAKING BAD’ – Lead Actor In A Drama
Likening each of his three Emmy wins to a dessert following a good meal, Bryan said, “I feel gluttonous…. I feel like I’m going to become a diabetic.” As such, it’s perhaps a good thing that ‘Breaking Bad’ – and thus he – won’t be eligible next year, since next season won’t premiere until July 2011. “What?! That is bulls—t,” Cranston said, feigning ignorance. “I’m not eligible next year?!”
‘TOP CHEF’ – Outstanding Reality Series / Competition
Asked about unseating 7-time champ ‘The Amazing Race,’ Padma Lakshmi admitted to being “really, really mean to [Phil Keoghan] on the red carpet. I told him I was taking him down; I was right.” Fellow judge Gail Simmons teased that the twist for the ‘Chef’ season shooting right now as one that “will up the ante. It’s a pretty exciting secret. ”
KYRA SEDGWICK, ‘THE CLOSER’ – Lead Actress In A Drama
Of her now-snapped winless streak, Sedgwick – who this year bested the likes of front runner Julianna Margulies – said, “I love Susan Lucci, I think she’s awesome!” Invited to detail her Emmy prep routine, Sedgwick revealed that she got, ahem, waxed that morning, “just for this kind of thing” – as she gestured to the 100-strong Emmys press room crowd.
AARON PAUL, ‘BREAKING BAD’ – Supporting Actor In A Drama
Paul was amazed yet thrilled to see his work as ‘Bad’ boy Jesse merit a mainstream award. “He’s just a messed up kid who thinks cooking crystal meth is an art form… And I think that’s beautiful,” said the actor. Might this piece of gold buy Jesse some added longevity? (Series boss Vince Gilligan once said that he planned to kill off the character in Season 1!) “I pray to god, yes! ” Aaron answered with a smile.
‘MODERN FAMILY’ CREATOR STEVE LEVITAN – Outstanding Comedy Series
Levitan said he felt no tremendous joy in snapping ’30 Rock’s winning streak, nor besting ‘Glee’ to claim this honor. “I saw [‘Glee’ creator] Ryan [Murphy] afterwards and we hugged,” he shared. “I really admire the fact that ‘Glee’ has broken the mold… found a new way to do things. It’s a shame we both had to come out the same year.” As for what’s on tap for Season 2, “The non-headline is more of the same,” Steve allowed. “It’s kind of hard to argue with that right now.”
MATT WEINER, ‘MAD MEN’ CREATOR – Outstanding Drama Series
Weiner said he was “overwhelmed” to claim a third straight prize, a feat only bested by two series in the history of the Emmys. “I thought actually that ‘Breaking Bad’ might win. They had an amazing season. ”
THIS ‘N’ THAT:
* Anthony Edwards (executive producer, HBO’s ‘Temple Grandin’) on getting an award the same night as his former ‘ER ‘costar George Clooney: “It’s always nice to see someone getting old with you.”
* John Lithgow (‘Dexter’), Guest Actor In A Drama Series , on the next big TV gigs not coming his way: “I’m not offered as much as you would think or as I would like.”
* ‘Mad Men’s young Kiernan Shipka, when a reporter asked about the cast’s reputation for celebrating in style: “We party!”