TV Junkie: Red Carpet at the Emmy Nominated Performer Reception

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Last night the TV Junkie had an incredible time talking to some of the best performers of stage and screen at the very friendly and low key reception for Primetime Emmy Nominated Performers at Wolfgang Puck at the Pacific Design Center.

We talked to "Breaking Bad" lead (and last year's Emmy winner!) Bryan Cranston about how he prepares for his challenging role. Aaron Paul who plays the humorously tragic "Jesse" on the show shared that he brings some of his own trials to his role as well as research on how drug intervention programs work/don't work. We're huge fans of a show that shouldn't be the best kept secret on basic cable and hope these guys win.

Elizabeth Perkins, whom most people remember playing opposite Tom Hanks in Big, has been been nominated a third time for her role as Celia Hodes in "Weeds". We really hope she gets the kudos she deserves - 3rd time's the charm, right? Perkins set us straight as to whether "Weeds" accurately portrays the marijuana sub-culture of Los Angeles.

This morning we still couldn't believe we had spoken to Oscar, Tony, and Emmy-award winning actress Ellen Burstyn. Burstyn has been nominated again for her guest role as the manic-depressive Bernie Stabler on "Law & Order SVU". We talked about how the depiction of mental illness has changed on TV and film over the last 50 years.

We also talked to longtime (27 years!) daytime actress Kate Linder about her Hollywood Walk of Fame Star as well as a conversation with character-actor Shaun Toub about his role in the upcoming M. Night Shyamalan movie, The Last Airbender.

The Primetime Emmys are on Sunday at 8:00pm on CBS.