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Our 9 Favorite Quickie Q&As From The Emmys 2014 Red Carpet

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The stars came down the Emmys Red Carpet fast and furious on Monday night, and LAist was lucky enough to talk to some of our favorite actors and creatives from Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, True Detective and others. Here’s what we learned during these quick interview sessions:

Laverne Cox from "Orange is the New Black" (Photo by Jean Trinh/LAist)
Laverne Cox is such a TV fangirl. We asked Cox, who plays Sophia in Orange is the New Black, on who she was most excited to see at the Emmys:

“OMG, there’s Angela Bassett! I met Angela Bassett a few days ago and I was gagging that she knew who I was and she watched our show...I live for Breaking Bad and Anna Gunn is just exquisite on the show.”

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Chris Hardwick (Photo by Juliet Bennett Rylah/LAist)
Chris Hardwick on what inspired him to start the Nerdist empire:

“I just got sick of being rejected by the entertainment business. I was like, ‘Screw you guys, I’m going to do my own thing.’ Now, that became a thing. I just really wanted to work on something I liked so I did my own thing.”

Director Cary Fukuaga of "True Detective" and his father (Photo by Jean Trinh/LAist)

Cary Fukunaga, director of True Detective, on the opportunity of directing all episodes of Season 1:“So much of directing is creating a world. So only through directing the whole thing can you own it creatively.”

Madeline Brewer, Michelle Hurst and Yael Stone of "Orange is the New Black" (Photo by Jean Trinh/LAist)
What were some of the cast’s favorite scenes to do on OITNB?

Yael Stone (Lorna Morello): “There were some bathtub moments that spring to mind.”

Madeline Brewer (Tricia Miller): I’ve had a couple of friends who have struggled with addiction and I loved being able to try to do my best to accurately portray the terrible sickness it is. I was lucky enough to have a friend who gave me some tips [like] ‘This is what happens when you through withdrawal.’ I loved any of those scenes. While they were difficult, they were rewarding.

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Michelle Hurst (Miss Claudette): When Baptiste comes and visits me in jail. The concept of melting into his arms was magic to me. I had to cry. I had to go off set for a little bit to get myself together because it was an emotional thing.

Piper Kerman, who "Orange is the New Black" is based on (Photo by Juliet Bennett Rylah/LAist)
Piper Kerman, author of the book-turned-series Orange is the New Black, on how her life has changed after this whole experience:

I decided to write about my experience in prison because I thought it was really important for the world to know what was really happens to people behind bars—it’s really different from what people imagine. I was so thrilled that the book found an audience and of course, the very important audience out there was Jenji Kohan. And when she told me she wanted to adapt the book for Netflix, I couldn’t have been more thrilled because I knew she was going to do something really provocative and really interesting with it. So it’s been a wild ride and I feel very grateful and very humble.

Michael Gill, Sebastian Arcelus and Jayne Atkinson "House of Cards" (Photo by Jean Trinh/LAist)
Michael Gill (President Garrett Walker), Sebastian Arcelus (Lucas Goodwin), Jayne Atkinson (Catherine Durant) of House of Cards on who they’re rooting for (besides their own show):

Arcelus said, “The ladies of Orange of the New Black we love, and we took a Netflix party bus over here today, so we’d love to see them honored as they deserve to be. Big fan of those guys over at Breaking Bad still.”

Atkinson added, “And I love Ricky Gervais in Derek, and I would love to see him win.”

Sibel Kekili, Rose Leslie and Rory McCann of "Game of Thrones" (Photo by Jean Trinh/LAist)
Here's what we learned from Game of Thrones Sibel Kekilli (Shae), Rory McCann (The Hound), Rose Leslie (Ygritte):

Rose Leslie on her post-Game of Thrones life, since her movie Honeymoon premieres tomorrow and she’s already working on a new movie, shooting in Pittsburgh: “I died [on GoT] so I was available.”

What’s next for Game of Thrones’ Rory McCann (The Hound)? “I’ve got a little western coming out that I did with Michael Fassbender so I am looking forward to that. It’s called Slow West...and I’m sporting a very very large mustache.”

Sibel Kekilli (Shae) on betraying Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones?

“I’m not the writer, don’t forget that….I had my difficulties because in the beginning because it was a different show Shae than book Shae. In the book she was a gold digger, and they had to change it back to the books at the end. And she betrayed him. Of course, I can understand it was her revenge...but calling Tywin her ‘lion,’ it was not my idea. Please ask D.B. (Weiss) and David (Benioff)!”

Pablo Schreiber of "Orange is the New Black" (Photo by Juliet Bennett Rylah/LAist)
Pablo Schreiber on his favorite Pornstache scene in Orange is the New Black:

“I think the entrance where I came back and I said, ‘Mendez is back bitches!’

Clarke Peters and Wendall Pierce of "Treme" (Photo by Jean Trinh/LAist)
Clarke Peters on how he’s grown working on Treme in New Orleans:
You know, those Indians that are down there? It’s made me take a look at American history, so I think I’ve grown in that respect—that it’s taken me into how our government, how powers that be—not necessarily our government— has corralled people in the way that they can control them. And then we have a renegade group of people who are mixed of Africans and Europeans and Native American Indians who just said, ‘To hell with that—we’re going someplace else. We don’t know how to bow down to this nonsense.’ So, I think it’s empowered me, as a man of color and all of those streams running underneath my skin—the Cherokee that’s in my blood, the Scotsman that’s in my blood and the African that’s in my blood. I know that down in New Orleans, they understand me and I understand them and we should all begin to take a look at that.

Jean Trinh contributed to this report.

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