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10 Emmy Nominees Out of Character

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By Greg Seals
September 21, 2012 at 2:27 pm



The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will blow up your Twitters on Sunday night. This year’s nominees are a select crop of cable power players, making a strong argument that a golden age of television is upon us.

But don’t pigeonhole portrayers of drama and comedy to a single genre. Here are 10 Emmy nominees proving their versatility and range.

Supporting Drama Actors

Aaron Paul, nominated for his role as Jesse Pinkman in “Breaking Bad,” once starred in a Kellogg’s Corn Pops Commercial.

Giancarlo Esposito nominated for his role as Gustavo Fring in “Breaking Bad,” had a guest role on “Sesame Street.”

Peter Dinklage, nominated as Tyrion Lannister in “Game of Thrones,” took a turn in the seasonal favorite “Elf.”

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Supporting Drama Actress

Anna Gunn, nominated for her role as Skyler White in “Breaking Bad,” once played a romantic interest of Jerry’s on “Seinfeld.”

Comedy Actors

Jim Parsons, nominated for his role as Sheldon Cooper in “The Big Bang Theory,” had a stint on Broadway in “The Normal Heart.”

Comedy Actress

Zooey Deschanel, nominated for her role as Jess Day in “New Girl,” took a more dramatic twist playing Dorothy Evans in “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”

Wait, there’s plenty more — you’re gonna be impressed by Modern Fam’s Eric Stonestreet as a big straight drama dude and Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss doing up some comedy. Plus, some Jon Hamm and Steve Buscemi clips you’ll enjoy …

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