The Envelope: Emmy live chats 2014

The Envelope draws you in close to the Emmy contenders this season. As the 2014 Emmy nominations near, we talk to some of your favorite stars from your favorite shows about their characters, their series and themselves.

Full Coverage: Emmys 2014

Nominees

Uzo Aduba

'Orange Is the New Black'

The actress talks about getting the role of Crazy Eyes, drops hints about Season 3 and offers a great impersonation of her mother.

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Allison Tolman

'Fargo'

The actress talks about the moment that solidified her character, "Minnesota nice" and working through the Canadian cold.

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Joe Morton

'Scandal'

The actor dishes on his culture shock upon joining "Scandal," how he prepares to deliver a stone-faced monologue and the scene that gave him most pause from this season.

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Sarah Paulson

'American Horror Story: Coven'

The actress talks about French-kissing a snake and does impersonations of her costars.

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Anna Chlumsky

'Veep'

The actress talks about "Veep" possibly becoming "POTUS," her newborn baby and her four-episode stint on "Hannibal."

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Fred Armisen

'Portlandia'

The actor talks about the show's fourth season, an unsuccessful hiking trip and vegetables.

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Kerry Washington

'Scandal'

The actress talks about lingual calisthenics, being a fixer, and Olivia Pope at the age of 65.

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Josh Charles

'The Good Wife'

The actor talks about the push-and-pull dynamic between his character and protagonist Alicia Florrick and why he's drawn to the tragedy in "The Good Wife."

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Natasha Lyonne

'Orange Is the New Black'

The actress reveals her preference to not watch the show, talks free love on her cellphone and explains how her dog Root Beer is the "most incredible dog ever."

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Monica Potter

'Parenthood'

The actress talks about raising children on- and off-screen and dishes on the series ending, between lots of jokes.

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Blair Underwood

'The Trip to Bountiful'

The actor talks about 'Bountiful's' continual resonance 50 years after its premiere and describes how he's been rewarded by his role.

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Kyle MacLachlan

'Portlandia'

The actor talks about his roles on "Portlandia," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Believe," plus "Twin Peaks" and his friendship with its creator, David Lynch.

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Hugh Dancy

'Hannibal'

The actor touches on everything from his favorite "Hannibal" pooch (Winston, played by a dog named Heidi) to the problem with his character's ever-flowing sweat glands.

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John Leguizamo

'Ghetto Klown'

The 49-year-old actor talks about his celebrated autobiographical show that he has performed on Broadway, in theaters throughout the country and, most recently, as an HBO special.

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Jeffrey Wright

'Boardwalk Empire'

The actor talks about fearing for his "Boardwalk" character's life, capturing a younger audience and filming the "Hunger Games" series.

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Bellamy Young

'Scandal'

The actress talks about face licking, her character Mellie's growth and liquid courage.

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Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir

'The Bridge'

Actors Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir talk about the show, reveal the challenges they face on set and share laughs in the Los Angeles Times newsroom.

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Travis Fimmel

'Vikings'

The actor talks about the hardest scene to shoot from Season 1 and his country-boy roots.

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Michelle Monaghan

'True Detective'

The actress talks secrets and betrayals, lawn mowing and aging like her mom.

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Nicole Behari and Tom Mison

'Sleepy Hollow'

The actors discuss character development, American history and a naked Benjamin Franklin.

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Max Greenfield

'New Girl'

The actor reflects on his character's journey and talks about Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly's exit from the network.

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Noah Emmerich

'The Americans'

The actor talks about wearing wigs and practicing the counter surveillance techniques he learned on set in real life.

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Adam Scott

'Parks and Recreation'

The actor talks about 1980s television shows and Season 6's "gasper" moment.

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Anna Faris

'Mom'

The actress talks about the intimacy of the sitcom set and dirty restaurant lemons.

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Jessica Paré

'Mad Men'

The actress talks about her character's future as the show comes to an end. Space or spaghetti?

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Mindy Kaling

'The Mindy Project'

The actress dishes on who would win in a "Mindy Project" vs. "Veep" showdown, taking on a lead role and her guilty-pleasure rom-com.

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Emmy Rossum

'Shameless'

The actress shares plenty of behind-the-scenes anecdotes and talks about the challenges of playing Fiona.

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Joel Kinnaman

'The Killing'

The actor talks Holder's accent, the series' move to Netflix and which team he is rooting for in the World Cup.

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John Slattery and Talia Balsam

'Mad Men'

The real-life couple talk the cast's emotional, final table read, scenes that were never shot and Roger and Mona Sterling's new chemistry.

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