Magazine article Variety

Peter Scolari

Magazine article Variety

Peter Scolari

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THE 68TH EMMY AWARDS PREVIEW

'I felt something closer to tears than to joy.

Peter Scolari won his first Emmy on Sept. 10, as guest actor in a comedy for HBO's "Girls." Shortly before his win, he told Variety he loves working on the show but said it's been challenging to portray the constant angst and frustration of Tad Horvath, the father to Lena Dunham's character. "I had to relax to play somebody in such a challenged, non-winning state" he said. Clearly, his hard work paid off. This was his fourth Emmy nomination; he earned three in the 1980s for "Newhart"

How did you learn of the nomination?

My manager called and said, "Congratulations." I was about to film the series finale in season six of "Girls" so I assumed he meant that.

Did you celebrate the nomination?

When you're 35 and nominated for an Emmy, you give fist pumps and high fives. But at 60, I felt something closer to tears than to joy. I thought how lucky I was, and that I need to count my blessings. When I looked at the submissions, there were over 100 actors in my category. A large chunk of them delivered knockout performances. I'm very humbled by this.

"Girls" has taken you in a new direction.

In many ways it's a new career - not as a situation-comedy actor, but as a single-camera actor in what turned out to be a young, hip, dangerous show. …

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